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Helping Teachers, One Wish at a Time

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Helping Teachers, One Wish at a Time
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Every teacher knows how difficult it can be to keep their classrooms stocked with the essential tools their students need to learn.  The lack of funding in public schools has been a problem for a long time and does not seem to be getting any better.  One organization getting ready to launch hopes to make a difference for teachers, parents, and most importantly the student. 

 

The nonprofit organization is called ClassWish.  The organization will be set up as a network for parent organizations, teachers and administrators to connect.  A teacher in need of supplies can log on to the ClassWish.org website, find the needed supplies and create a wish list.  In turn, parents or anyone wishing to donate can go on and read the teacher’s inspiring story and purchase the items from the wish list. 

 

Too many teachers spend their hard earned paychecks on buying necessary educational tools that schools just cannot afford.  Officials from ClassWish.org point out that school fundraisers, where students and parents end up selling candy and gifts, are often disruptive and less than half of the profit is actually put toward the school itself.  In a survey conducted, two thirds of elementary school principals admitted they would rather not do the fundraisers if there was another alternative. 

 

Class Wish seems like it will be a great alternative to school fundraisers by allowing people to almost instantaneously place a much needed item in a teacher’s classroom.  The ClassWish network also allows parents to see exactly where their tax-deductible donations are going.  Plus, you can feel a lot better about giving to a child’s school without having to stash fifty candy bars in the crisper.

 

What do you think of what the ClassWish organization is doing?

 

Does their website sound like something you might use to make donations?

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  • Momwithpower By Momwithpower
    10.12.08  

    I think its great! I like helping teachers and I see they always use their own money to buy things for the kids. Sometimes the PTA helps but with money not around its hard even for the PTA to help.

  • Unicyclemom By Unicyclemom
    10.11.08  

    This is a great idea -- and there is an organization which already does this called donorschoose.org.

    My cousin is a teacher and it means so much for him when others help contribute to his classroom.

  • TraceyS By TraceyS
    10.11.08  

    I think this sounds like an absolutely wonderful idea!! I always feel bad when I think that my kids' teachers are using their own money for classroom tools- and I never know whats needed so I dont know what to send in to help out. This site would take the guessing out of the equatin so i know what Im contributing is actually needed.

    Tracey S St. Louis, MO

  • teacherslmf By teacherslmf
    10.10.08  

    I am a teacher and this idea is fabulous! Every year I buy crayons, pencils and folders for my 1st graders who are not in the position to get supplies for themselves!

  • mandyspeaking By mandyspeaking
    10.09.08  

    I had spent so much money in my classroom during my teaching career. I usually hand out a wish list of general supplies to parents (tissues, paper towels, baby wipes, glue sticks) and I was happy with whatever turned up. It would be nice to get things from others in the community rather than just a few parents.

  • agranote By agranote
    10.09.08  

    I love this, my mother is a teacher and she is always buying things for the classroom out of her own money. What a great idea!!

  • jswank By jswank
    10.08.08  

    As a teacher, I am so excited to be sharing this idea with my colleagues. There are so many things I "wish" I could have. Now, maybe those dreams might come true!

  • Happyme By Happyme
    10.08.08  

    At our school, the teacher always has a wish list. I try to do what I can. Where we live we do not have to buy anything but send in school supplies for our kids. The local food pantry also runs a school supply list at the stores for donations. This idea may help someone like me, help a city school. I hate fundraisers wont do them and will not let my kids do them. I always try to give a straight out check to the school.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    10.07.08  

    This is a great idea...so simple but should help so much!

  • Salemsw By Salemsw
    10.06.08  

    Great idea!!!

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