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Marlys Oldenburg's "Write Away" Project was Funded

DonorsChoose.org was started by a history teacher. In 2000, Charles Best, a teacher at a Bronx public high school thought about all the money being spent on books, art supplies, and other materials. He figured there were people out there who'd want to help, if they could see where their money was going. Charles Best sketched out a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Today, DonorsChoose.org is open to every public school in America.

I submitted a project that I entitled “Write Away” to DonorsChoose.org requesting two chromebooks to be used in our classroom. The total dollar amount at the time for each project request was $400. I was excited to find out that my project was funded by the Herb Kohl Foundation. Now, my students will have access in our classroom to work on their writing projects.

Here is how this website works in the event that people would like to contribute toward projects submitted for possible funding: 

You find a project.
Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1.
DonorsChoose.org is a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible.

DonorsChoose.org fulfills the order.
When a project is fully funded, they purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school.

Teachers thank you.
Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.