Many of you Readers were very generous during October's DrugMonkey Blog Reader Challenge as a part of the other ScienceBlogs' participation in the DonorsChoose.org Bloggers Challenge.
I recently received some very nice notes and I thought I would share them. (The blurbs are from the teachers' original requests)
"I am teaching in a special education classroom, specifically serving children with autism. This classroom is a center-based, self-contained classroom with students in 3rd and 4th grades. The students in my room are severely affected by autism, and are living in a high-needs community.
Our classroom is in need of a digital camera and a color printer with accessories, to support our students need for visual structure within the classroom. We do not have easy access to a color printer or a digital camera in our school due to lack of funding. Students with autism rely on visual structure within the classroom, without access to these things it is difficult to provide accurate and real-life stimuli.
"Have you ever been in a room with twenty five-year-olds for up to six hours a day? Well...my students are kindergarteners enrolled in a full-day program. They are from a low-income urban community.
My students are faced with many environmental obstacles that are beyond their control. Since we stress such a demanding curriculum, my students need a little break from the academics and just need time to get all that energy out! My students have shown great interest in jumping rope and handball. We have been very resourceful, and we share equipment with seven other kindergarten classes, but it can be very difficult with limited resources.
...and thanks to you donors who participated in one or more of the challenges.