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 her 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. Thanks 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!