[ 0 ] October 17, 2007 |

Logo-1Our public schools are continually being squeezed financially yet they are still expected to measure up. Schools are required (NCLB) to teach our kids to read and write. My hope is schools are also able to inspire our kids to continue their love of learning far beyond the classroom. But when their budgets and services get cut, schools are forced to look for innovative ways to support public education.

Charles Best, a social studies teacher from the Bronx, N.Y., founded in an effort to increase funding for our public schools. Ordinary citizens and businesses of any size can visit this online marketplace to donate to small, meaningful classroom projects, trips and resource needs – such as computers, books, and microscopes, that have been submitted by public school teachers.

To date, “citizen philanthropists” using this website have funded nearly 30,000 projects and directed $13 million in resources to 600,000 students across the country! is now available to all public schools in Rhode Island. Congratulations to Mayor David N. Cicilline for believing in this valuable program. Charles Best, the founder of was at the Fortes elementary School on Tuesday, October 2 to help Providence Public Schools celebrate their involvement in

Want to submit a proposal? Fund a project? Learn more about this program by visiting

Category: education + schools

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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