Donors Choose Drive for #Ferguson

Aug 20 2014 Published by under Donors Choose

As you know, Dear Reader, I am a big fan of Donors Choose and the opportunity to help out classrooms in need around these here tax-phobic United States of America. A mention on Twitter triggered me to realize we could help out, slightly, with the current dismal situation in Ferguson Missouri by looking for some school projects to support.

Searching by Zip Code 63135 at Donors Choose I found a few hits.

First up, History is Our Story pt.3 in Ferguson Middle School.

I ask my students this on the first day and throughout the year.The U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, voting and our legal system are a big part of the 8th grade curriculum so we spend a lot of time talking about citizens' rights and responsibilities

Well isn't this one just smack-dab on task?

My students are 8th graders in a diverse community. Unfortunately, families in this area are still recovering from the economic downturn. There are still a lot of underemployed or parents working several part time jobs to make ends meet. Over 90% of students receive free or reduced priced lunches. In the last 2 years, we have had to rebuild twice because of tornado damage and now we are facing a crisis of civil unrest.

Ok, I'm sold. Anyone else want to donate to Mrs. Simmonds's Technology project?

Next up... Better Equipped to Better Perform!

My students come into my classroom every day fired up to make music together. We are working towards becoming a competitive high school band program by participating in musical competitions, but it's hard for my students to compete on sub-par instruments and when we are unable to afford travel.

My students are an incredible mix and variety of characters and backgrounds. I have students in all grades 9-12, at various levels of musical competency. Many of them come from lower-income backgrounds, and therefore do not have access to many of the opportunities other band students their age have, such as private lessons, owning their own instruments, and so on. They are a tight-knit group, and we often refer to ourselves as the band family. Almost all of my students live in Ferguson, Missouri and have been affected by the events there of the past couple of weeks.

You know what, people? My parents provided the kids in my household with private music lessons for many years. My spouse and I are able to provide our kids with music lessons as well. It is a thing that is a default educational experience in my best of all possible worlds. Mr. Naylor at McCluer High School in Florissant, MO wants to upgrade their musical equipment by purchasing two euphoniums. Would you care to help them out?

Finally, for today, a Science project at Jennings Junior High School. Jennings school district appears to be affected by the situation in Ferguson.

The unrest in this St. Louis-area town straddles two school districts — Ferguson and Jennings. Jennings had already started school last week, but since some of the district's schools border parts of a hub for nightly street clashes, officials called off classes early Tuesday morning and notified parents with phone calls and text messages.

Mrs. Brown has posted Science Portfolios for Science Masters.

Help to organize minds! Sixth and Seventh grade students are typically all over the place. With this in mind it is very important to teach them organization skills while they are in school. A folder with papers flying everywhere and missing homework is an everyday occurrence.

The students I teach are in an urban school where supplies often few and far between. The students come with very few supplies, not because they don't want or need them, but simply they do not have the money to obtain the supplies necessary for school.

Binders and paper, folks. That is a need that they have because the schools are underfunded and people live in economic distress. Are your middle class sensibilities outraged yet? This is where we are as a country.

I thank you for your consideration.

p.s. As always, if you don't feel the pull of these projects go on over to DonorsChoose and search around for yourself. I recommend starting with the Zip Code search 63135 but really, find something that attracts you, even if it isn't in Missouri. Plenty of deserving projects all over the country in all sorts of schools.

12 responses so far

  • DJMH says:

    Excellent idea, DM.

  • mytchondria says:

    Good plan Ted. For an old rich white dood steeped in pharma-backed slush funds, you sometimes come up with good ones.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Mr Naylor's is fully funded! You folks are fantastic, thank you.

  • BJT in Rumney NH says:

    Great idea! I just supported Mrs. Brown's Science Portfolios for Science Masters.

  • mytchondria says:

    Wait....can we up this somehow and have DM play whatever his instrument of choice was as a kid if we meet this goal??

  • drugmonkey says:

    That would be a cautionary tale, rather than an inspiration, I fear.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Mrs. Simmonds' project is funded! Great job folks, well done.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Third project is fully funded!

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  • DJMH says:

    "Wait....can we up this somehow and have DM play whatever his instrument of choice was as a kid if we meet this goal??"


  • DM thank you so much for championing my cause! I was sitting in the middle of a workshop on recognizing the signs of PTSD when I got the word my project had been fully funded. I just couldn't contain myself -I had to whisper to one of my colleagues and got a dirty look. It was so worth it. This whole thing has been such an uplifting experience, getting love and support from across the nation gives me hope that the ideals this country was founded on are not dead. We just need revival. A Democracy revival! As soon as Donors Choose gives me some more points, I will be submitting another project in my quest to get a class set! Keep an eye out for Part 4! In the meantime keep our community in your thoughts as we begin our school year on Monday. My sincerest appreciation to you and all who contributed. Thanks for investing in our future by supporting young minds!

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