On Thursday (September 4th), famed search engine Google announced it is fully funding the classroom requests of every Greater Washington, D.C. area teacher on the education crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org. As a result of the $232,009 “flash funding,” 276 D.C. area teachers will receive materials for their 31,362 students — ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes.
Head of Policy and Community Partnerships at Google, Jenny Backus, stated,”We are thrilled to partner with DonorsChoose.org to support all of the classroom projects of teachers here in the Washington, D.C. area. We owe a lot to our teachers and want to thank them for being a constant source of inspiration.”
On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and donors support the projects that inspire them. Among the projects funded this morning were Mr. Rountree’s request for pedometers to get his students moving and Ms. Schorn’s project for supplies to make 3-D paintings.
Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, Charles Best, noted,”We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students. This is a great day for DonorsChoose.org classrooms.”
311 projects were funded in D.C., Alexandria, Arlington County, Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Spotslyvania County, Stafford County,Warren County and Jefferson County. Google posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.
In the past few months, Google has announced similar “flash funding” campaigns in the San Francisco Bay area, Atlanta and Chicago. In addition to their project funding initiatives, Google has also supported several DonorsChoose.org programs over the years, including the AP STEM Access program, which launched over 500 new AP STEM courses at high poverty schools nationwide.
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