7/29/15 ABSS teachers find new ways to raise funds for supplies

ABSS teachers find new ways to raise funds for supplies
The Times-News 7/29/15  
Reprinted with permission.

   With year-round school already started and traditional-calendar schools less than a month from starting, local teachers are reaching out to the public to support their classes and classroom projects.

   Many of those appeals are on DonorsChoose.org, which allows teachers to post miniature fundraisers. About 20 appeals from local teachers were on the site Tuesday.

   Here are a few of them.

   A request from North Graham Elementary School, “For the Love of Literature and Learning!” asks for $905 to buy more books students will enjoy reading, and some classroom supplies like a pencil sharpener so class time will not be eaten up with kids using little manual sharpeners. There is a list of items and books the teacher plans to buy, and their prices. There are seven days in the fundraiser, and it has not gotten any donations.

   An appeal for a Western Alamance Middle School class asks for $2,147 — including an optional $322 donation to DonorsChoose — to buy nine Chromebook laptop computers in an appeal called “Bring it for Kids that Cannot BYOD.” The class is a pilot for a Bring Your Own Device program. Of course, not all students have computers to bring to school, so these will keep students from being left out. There are 19 days and $1,691 left in that appeal.

   At Hillcrest Elementary School, the music teacher is asking for about $550 to buy more drums for class, and $97 to support DonorsChoose in an appeal called “We’ve got the Beat, We Need the Drums.” Four donors — three anonymous and one from Illinois — already contributed $416.

   Other schools on the list are Newlin, South Graham, Sylvan, Haw River, Grove Park, Smith and Highland elementaries, Graham Middle and Graham High, and the Clover Garden School.

   Donations are tax deductible.