Earlier this month, GoFundMe, and its partner and national distributor of school supplies, School Speciality, created a new education-specific portal as a resource for teachers, students, school administrators and parents who are looking to raise money for classroom supplies, technology, educational furniture, books, field trips, equipment, uniforms, instruments, competitions, college applications and tuition, PTA projects, and school fundraisers.
As the winning school, Overfelt High School is set to receive 100 Chromebooks from GoFundMe in addition to the Chromebooks the school purchases using money from its successful fundraising drive. Speaking about the challenge’s winners, CEO of GoFundMe, Rob Solomon, stated:
“As Overfelt’s success in the Chromebooks for Classrooms Challenge contest demonstrates, GoFundMe is a great tool to help teachers, school administrators and students raise money for education purposes.”
Other participating cities and schools included: Manhattan Bridges in New York, Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Martin Luther King in Philadelphia, Central High School in Phoenix, San Ysidro in San Diego, International School in San Francisco, T.C. Howe in Indiana and Reagan High School in Austin. It was noted that in all of the participating schools, the vast majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and the need for additional resources is high. This contest will help these schools attract the support they need to provide their students with the best possible education.
As part of the contest, GoFundMe had revealed it would match up to $5,000 raised for each school, but today, the company announced it would be giving$5,000 to each school regardless of the amount raised.