This post is an experiment. I’m calling it “Feel Good Friday.”
There’s enough bad news in the world, so let’s spread a little optimism…
Since May 13th, you have directly helped 21,559 high-need public school students in the US. In fact, in the last few years, we (the community on this blog + me) have directly funded classroom projects for nearly 200,000 students (!!!).
Below are some of the teacher thank-you’s, which I think you’ll enjoy.
And one more thing:
THERE ARE STILL 3 DAYS LEFT IN OUR COMPETITION!
It’s anyone’s game to win. The prize is roundtrip airfare to a leisurely dinner with me and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. We can discuss anything you want, including business. If you’re interested in winning a seat (four (4) people will win), here are the rules.
If you’d simply like to donate $1 and feel great, click on my giving page here and choose a project you love.
Have a great weekend, all. Letters below…
Teacher Thank-You Letters
(From Engineering in the Classroom)
My class and I are so grateful for your generous donations. I teach in a middle school… My STEM class is learning about technology and engineering, and how these areas are not a distant and futuristic dream, but a reality… Girls normally shy away from engineering and technology, erroneously rationalizing that it is a boy’s field; the STEM class is opening their minds and piquing their curiosity in these areas.
The balloon helicopters will open their knowledge of Newton’s Law of Motion and aeronautics. The Solar Transformers will teach them about solar energy. The rocket launcher will introduce them to rocketry, measuring height and velocity. All this made possible by caring people like you.
(From Fit for Life)
I am so excited to share the good news that my DonorsChoose project, “Fit for Life” has been fully funded. I would like to express my appreciation to each donor for your generosity and support of my students. Your contributions to this project show your support not only of my students, but of the ideals of health and fitness and the importance of lifestyle in overall health.
I look forward to the new school year and the opportunity to see my students use this equipment to raise their awareness of their levels of health, and to encourage them to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle!
(From Power Tools for Engineering)
Thank you so much for contributing to our engineering program at Da Vinci Science. These tools will allow our students to create more professional, high quality projects. Furthermore, it will allow more of our students to be involved in the actual construction process because we will have more tools available to them.
…Donorschoose and your donations have made it possible to build projects that we never dreamed of. Thanks again!
I am overwhelmed with joy and appreciation that you helped to make my project a reality. Thank you for helping make a difference in the lives of my students. The physical education equipment you have funded will allow me to plan more engaging lessons for my students during structured recess and P.E. The resources will be used for years to come with my students.
I can’t wait to start having my students use their new equipment. Once again thank you for your kindness.
· “I’ve given to this project because when I was a kid, I got a microscope for christmas and it changed my life forever. When other kids played ball, I was making slides to see the cell structure differences between plants and animals. Learning is an excellent journey and everyone should have every opportunity and encouragement to pursue their dreams!”
– James from Idaho
· “I believe physical fitness is a cornerstone of a good life — it contributes to health, productivity, and happiness.”
– Sameer Jain
· “We have a shortage of students that understand and are stimulated by engineering concepts. Engineering is critical to the infrastructure of the United States and we need to encourage its growth. Thank you.”
– Kenji from California
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Posted on: May 31, 2013.
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