ATPE Will Contribute up to $500 for Your Classroom

With education funding decreasing every year, schools and teachers are being asked to do more and more with less money. In many schools, teachers use their own money to decorate their classrooms, buy supplies for their students, and purchase extras like magazine subscriptions, books, and educational software. These educators go above and beyond to ensure their students have as enriching an educational experience as possible.

Now there’s help. ATPE has joined forces with DonorsChoose.org to provide money that teachers can use to enhance their classrooms.

The process begins when a teacher sets up a project that he or she wants funded. Projects can be just about anything: subscriptions to magazines, books for the classroom library, robotics kits, computers, art supplies, new educational software, or field trips. Before any project is listed on DonorsChoose.org, it is carefully vetted to ensure that donations are being used to fund educational projects.

Once a project has been funded, DonorsChoose.org purchases the items requested and sends them to the teacher. By negotiating directly with suppliers, DonorsChoose.org is able to ensure the best possible prices.

When an ATPE member creates a project on DonorsChoose.org and lists ATPE in either the project title or description, ATPE will provide one-to-one match for any donation added to the project. The total for each project cannot exceed $1,000, including fees.

Getting funding for your classroom project through DonorsChoose.org and ATPE is easy.

  1. Go to DonorsChoose.org and set up an account. The site will walk you through the whole process.
  2. Identify yourself as an ATPE member by including “ATPE” in your project title or description.
  3. Set your funding request amount. To qualify for this matching program, the total cost of your project cannot exceed $1,000, including fees.
  4. Make sure your project meets the eligibility requirements set by DonorsChoose.org.
  5. Spread the word. Once your project has been approved, let people know through emails and social media.

Matching funds for your project will be applied once you have raised 50 percent of the total you requested.

During the 2014-2015 school year, ATPE provided $31,482 in matching funds for its members. ATPE members created 130 projects at 110 schools that reached more than 16,000 students. Here are some of their stories.

Amy Camp, PPCD Program, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Katy, TX

Ms. Camp requested a range of auditory, physical, visual, and tactile sensory items to use in he16_web_DonorsChoose_Image2-(1).jpgr Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) classroom. These items allow the children in the PPCD program participate in classroom activities with their peers. With the help of six individual donations and the matching funds from ATPE, Ms. Camp now has the tools she needs to help her students reach their potential.

The materials we received have greatly benefited my students! We are so thankful to ATPE and all of the donors for supporting our class! – Amy Camp


Emmanuel Williams, Dylan Davis, and Xavier Villanueva use items purchased through Donorschoose.org. (Photos courtesy of Amy Camp)

 

Jeremy Jackson, Pasadena High School, Pasadena, TX

Mr. Jackson had his students research designs for pedal-powered charging stations. In addition to learning the engineering skills necessary to build these devices, the students will engage in physical activity while charging their phones and tablets. With donations from individuals and matching funds from ATPE, Mr. Jackson was able to purchase soldering irons that the students will use to build their charging stations.

I am so thankful for ATPE partnering with DonorsChoose.org to provide materials for classrooms. The process is seamless and really makes a difference when trying to get a project funded. Thanks for your support. – Jeremy Jackson

 

Juan de la Cruz, Farmersville High School, Farmersville, TX

Mr. de la Cruz teaches four different levels of Spanish at the small Farmersville High School. He begins each class by having the students translate sentences. While the students know most of the words they need to translate, they do have to look some up. The school doesn’t have enough English-Spanish dictionaries to go around, and those they do have are falling apart. As a result, the students often have to wait their turn, using valuable class time. Mr. de la Cruz requested English-Spanish dictionaries to aid his students in their translations. T16_web_DonorsChoose_Image.jpghanks to donations from four individuals and matching funds from ATPE, Mr. de la Cruz was able to buy 20 English-Spanish dictionaries for his students.

With school budgets getting tighter and tighter each year, funding isn’t always available for necessary items to run a smooth and efficient classroom. Donorschoose.org has been an added resource in requesting what my students need and beyond, like dictionaries and field trips related to education. My students and I no longer have to worry about paying for school items that truly make learning much easier and fun because of the help of generous donors from donorschoose.org. – Juan de la Cruz

One of Mr. de la Cruz’s students uses a Spanish-English dictionary purchased through Donorschoose.org. (Photo courtesy of Juan de la Cruz)

 

Your classroom could be next. Set up your project at DonorsChoose.org today!