HARTFORD — The State Department of Education on Wednesday announced the following effort to help Sandy Hook elementary school teachers rebuild their classrooms:
Hartford, CT—A coalition of education leaders joined in the announcement of the creation of a donation website, DonorsChoose.org/Newtown, dedicated to supporting the classroom efforts of teachers in Newtown, Connecticut.
Contributions received through DonorsChoose.org/Newtown will give Newtown teachers the ability to design and fund classroom-specific projects and to buy needed materials. Projects could include, for example, books and shelves for a reading nook, art supplies for a mosaic, seeds and soil for a memorial garden, or other teacher-generated projects.
The goal of this effort is to enable Connecticut residents – and individuals throughout the United States – to offer a gift of any size to the teachers of Newtown and, through them, to the district’s students.
Donors can give any amount towards classroom funding credits or a specific teacher-developed project that most inspires them. The community site will be live for six months, through June 30, 2013. However, any individually developed project can remain on the site for up to five months from the date on which it was created.
The money raised by DonorsChoose.org will be divided equally among teachers in Newtown. Each teacher may use his or her allocated funds to purchase classroom materials, fund a classroom-specific project, or use the funds as an opportunity to demonstrate the act of giving by donating portions of their funds to other classroom projects throughout Connecticut and/or nationwide.
“DonorsChoose.org is a wonderful way to support the teachers of Newtown,” said Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut. “By donating on this website people can help our teachers meet their students’ needs during this difficult time.”
Commissioner Stefan Pryor said teachers of Newtown know the needs of their students best. “We hope that efforts such as this will aid Newtown educators—modestly but meaningfully — as they return to and restart their classrooms,” Pryor said.
Newtown Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson called the outpouring of support bestowed on the Newtown community over the past week “overwhelming ” and is grateful for donations that will be directed straight into the classroom.
Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, said, “ by virtue of their courage and deep love for teaching our students, they are returning to the classrooms after unspeakable horrors unfolded in one of our schools. As we grieve and continue the work of supporting one another during this difficult time, we are grateful for these contributions that will help our teachers create the learning, enriching and caring environments for their students that they seek to provide.”
DonorsChoose.org vets every classroom project request, purchases the materials and ships them directly to the classroom, provides photos of the project-taking place, and supplies a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. As a 501(c) 3 charity, donations through DonorsChoose.org are tax-deductible. DonorsChoose.org, was founded in 2000 and, to date, has funded over 328,000 projects proposed by over 137,000 teachers in over 46,000 schools nationwide.
To visit the website: http://www.donorschoose.org/newtown