Teachers turn to onlind fundraising for classroom items

Books, musical instruments and just run-of-the-mill classroom supplies are among the things teachers in the area need and are turning to online fundraising to get.

Some local teachers have had luck getting needed classroom items through online fundraising. (File photo)

Some local teachers have had luck getting needed classroom items through online fundraising. (File photo)

Those items are among the requests made on DonorsChoose.org, a website that allows teachers to make requests for items they need. Community members can then make donations to support the projects.

During a York City School Board meeting Wednesday, Davis K-8 School Principal Mindy Sweitzer reported that a few of her teachers had requests fulfilled through the website. The items received included technology and a number of xylophones for the music room.

I quickly typed “York, PA” into the DonorsChoose search bar and found a few requests from teachers in York City and the surrounding area.

In “Squirming Towards Learning,” Hannah Penn K-8 teacher Mrs. Zercher explains a need for balance disks to help the emotionally disturbed children in her classroom get their “wiggles” out.

The cost is about $270.

In another request, North Salem Elementary School teacher Mrs. Rinaldo says she needs three microscopes plus batteries to help her third-grade students in the Dover Area School District learn more about plants and animals. The cost: $465.

A few hundred dollars might not seem like a huge cost, but in the current climate, schools are making the most of every penny.

The projects usually include notes saying that DonorsChoose volunteers have reviewed the requests to verify things like the cost.

Have you turned to online fundraising to meet any classroom needs? Did it work?

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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