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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 DonorsChoose.org 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!

DonorsChoose.org 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 DonorsChoose.org was at the Fortes elementary School on Tuesday, October 2 to help Providence Public Schools celebrate their involvement in DonorsChoose.org.

Want to submit a proposal? Fund a project? Learn more about this program by visiting www.DonorsChoose.org.

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