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Friday, August 22, 2014

Gates Foundation to complete funding for teacher projects meeting criteria

Teacher projects on the website DonorsChoose.org could end up fully funded by Monday, since those that have raised at least half their requested amount by Sunday will get the remainder from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Anyone can log on to DonorsChoose.org and pick a classroom project. The site helps guide users toward projects of interest by asking for a ZIP code. ...

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Teacher projects on the website DonorsChoose.org could end up fully funded by Monday, since those that have raised at least half their requested amount by Sunday will get the remainder from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Anyone can log on to DonorsChoose.org and pick a classroom project. The site helps guide users toward projects of interest by asking for a ZIP code.

For example, using north Nashua zip code 03064 leads to a profile for a project for funding literacy material at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School.

The profile describes classroom need, materials to be funded and a little about the school itself. As of Friday afternoon, this project hadn’t yet hit the halfway mark, but it wasn’t far off. Donations can be made directly on the site.

“Teachers across the country are struggling to give their classes great tools for learning,” Bill Gates wrote in his blog on Thursday. “I hear it from teachers whenever I visit a school. Some classrooms need computers, but others need more basic things: textbooks, building blocks, art supplies, even just a rug big enough for the whole class to sit on. … Teachers have enough things to worry about right now. Getting the right supplies shouldn’t be one of them.”

The foundation will match up to $1 million.

– TINA FORBES