I FINALLY discovered donorschoose.org 2.5 years ago when I moved to my current school. Everybody knows that any time you move, there are things that you loose from where you've been and things that you gain where you are going. Well, at my previous school, I was seriously attached to my easel.......My easel was the focus of just about all of my teaching and since it had wheels, I would just drag it along behind me as I moved around the room....... it was GREAT! When I moved, I wanted to take it with me so badly, but since I'm not a thief, my easel and I said our goodbyes and I went on my way.
Boy! Did I miss that easel!!!!!
I'd find myself in a teachable moment and I'd look around my room for an easel that was only in my imagination..... it was just dreadful..... I felt like I was experiencing easel withdrawals.......I was also new enough to the school that I didn't want to be pesty with my requests for materials. I wanted to save my requests for the real important stuff and since it was "just" an easel, I held my peace.
Until finally over Spring Break of that year, I did some research on my district website and found out that donorschoose.org was approved by our grants department. YIPPEE!!! (now what?)
Well, I found the website and started reading...... I fully explored the site so that I could get an idea of how things worked and then I submitted my first project. I bet you can guess what I requested!!!!!
You are right! AN EASEL!!!
|My request for an easel was fully funded within 48 hours of posting!|
Donorschoose.org requires that potential projects use vendors that they have partnerships with. However, if materials that you are requesting are not available through one of their vendors, you can still request the items by creating a "special" project.
My best advice for people considering submitting a project to donorschoose.org is to plan ahead. There are tons of items that would benefit your classroom at any time. If you are at an older school, chances are that you are still relying on equipment that is super old...... some of my instruments were rusted and virtually ruined by decades of lovingly hard use in the music classroom.
Here are some pictures of some of the projects that have been funded for my classroom.... all in less than 2 years!
|1 grade level set of recorders|
|Music teachers need school supplies too! Folders, pencils, crayons|
|unpitched percussion instruments|
|recorder method books|
|music staff lap boards, dry erase markers and erasers|
|1 years subscription to Music Express Magazine|
|2nd set of recorders.... |
now I can teach recorder to two grade levels at once
|book bins for our growing class library|
|classroom guitar for the teacher|
|guitar song book for the teacher|
|several sizes of cymbals|
|lots and lots of headphones and headphone splitters|
For more information about donorschoose.org or to check out my classroom's project page, please feel free to visit......http://www.donorschoose.org/bmcspadden