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A place for kids to sit

Oct 10 2011 Published by under Donors Choose, DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

One of the Donor's Choose projects that I am featuring in my challenge is for

A Place to Sit:

Have you ever had to sit on a dirty floor? This is what my students must do each day in my classroom, we don't have a rug or carpet in my class so my students have to sit on the floor to learn. The floor has dirt from our playground and in the winter it has small puddles of water from boots.

The primary school is in Sanford ME and is a high poverty school. Looks like a nice location.

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Brother or Sister.... Can you spare a dime?

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Science up the Schools with the DrugMonkey Blog DonorsChoose Drive for 2011

Oct 04 2011 Published by under Donors Choose, DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

As you are aware, Dear Reader, one of my favorite times of year as a blogger is October. Because we get the chance to put on the full court press for DonorsChoose, an organization that helps teachers fund small projects in their classrooms. Projects that range from the inspirational, to the disturbingly mundane- a rug for the children to sit on?

You will note that I have selected numerous projects which feature dissection kits. This is no coincidence. Those biology labs tend to be some of the most memorable ones from our schooling, are they not? It also so happens that one of my kids had the opportunity to dissect a bazillion things in a summer camp. A camp that my spouse and I are able to afford, obviously, but I have little doubt many of the parents in the High Poverty schools I've selected cannot do the same. How can we not do a little bit to help out these children?

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Now, on to the seerious beesnees. We do this drive as part of the ScienceBloggers for Students Challenge, in which we here at Scientopia compete against those other lame collectives like the FreeThoughters, Pirates, SciAmSellouts, LabLamers and whomever still remains at ScienceBlogs brought to you by National Geographic. Other glossy mag collectives like WIRED, Discover and CENmag have skin in the game too.

DearReader, we want to beat them. On the measure that matters most which is not the cash, not the projects funded. Oh, no. The most important bragging right is the number of donors! That's right. What really matters here is that we get as many people as possible participating. Only have $5? Make a donation. Every little bit counts. Make a statement that you stand up for science (and health, and humanities, and...) education. You can skip a couple of lattes to make up for it....

For those of you new to this blog's participation in Donor's Choose, a word to the wise. Starving graduate students in the audience have been, proportionally speaking, very generous in past years. So if you are a postdoc or a prof.....yeah. Let's get 'er done.

Final note, even if you cannot afford to donate this year, we would appreciate your participation by bringing Donor's Choose to the attention of some folks that may never have heard of it. Post a link on the Twitts or the Facebooks or even, meh, GoogPlus.

Do it for the children.

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Donor's Choose 2010!

Oct 04 2010 Published by under Donors Choose, DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

cross posting from DM on Sb:

It is my favorite time of year for blog-related group action activities.

Welcome back to the science blogosphere's efforts to raise money to support classroom projects with Donor's Choose.

As always, the key consideration is that every little bit counts. If prior years are any judge, the grad students in my readership are unbelievably generous, given their limited incomes. Just sayin, PIs, just sayin.

Also, I've selected a bunch of projects for your consideration that caught my eye for undoubtedly random and personal reasons. If you don't see anything that catches your fancy, take a look through other bloggers' lists or search for yourself at the Donor's Choose site. No matter what you choose to support, kids win. And that means we all win.

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Addendum:
Now, I must confess that I blew it this year. I was distracted working on some grant or other and blasted up my Donor's Choose challenge page (Science up the Schools 2010!) ahead of the official launch date for the competition between blog collectives/interests. My total bad. but then The Gam launched....and our new MortalBlogEnemies launched...and what was I gonna do? Now PZ has thrown down with his 8 billion pound commentariat.

Sorry Janet. I'm not having a good few weeks here....

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Help out classroom teachers and Science-Up some kids!

Oct 02 2009 Published by under Donors Choose

Please consider donating to one of these projects.

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