Okay, teachers in a lot of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families.
Remember that the families of active service troops also serve when troops are deployed.
A really good way to give teachers and military families a break is via DonorsChoose.org. They're a great example of how we all use the Net to help each other out, by pooling a few dollars to give people a break. DonorsChoose is something I can understand. It's like microfinance applied to classroom projects; we all can contribute a little to fund a classroom projects. Teachers are under-appreciated and underpaid, and if we all work together, we can help them out.
As many of you know, I work closely with lots of orgs who support vets and military families. I teamed up with DonorsChoose to sponsor a Double Your Impact Offer. I'm giving $10k to match half the cost of projects with the keyword "military" if someone like you provides the remainder. This offer's for projects geared toward grades 6-12 and with a total cost of $800 or less.
There're a lot of underfunded school districts out there, and it's real unfair for teachers to fund stuff from their own (inadequate) salaries. This match will remain on DonorsChoose.org until the funds are fully matched, or for one calendar year from today. After just 24-hours of being live, 5 projects and counting have already been met with my match.
After I introduced Stephen Colbert to DonorsChoose, he began to focus on milfams, and I tried a similar effort later, but it didn't persist. However, I'm talking with people in milfam groups and the DoD about creating a program that'll keep on helping. And am working on this matching campaign with DonorsChoose right now.
photo credit: the future Mrs Newmark
Speaking of Colbert, he and I did some stuff for DonorsChoose with Vanity Fair and Annie Leibovitz that'll be released online soon. I can't let the squirrel out of the bag yet, so more to come...
In the meantime, if you're able, I'd really appreciate it if you can give to the military family projects on DonorsChoose.org. I figure if they're willing to give so much for our country, this is just my small way of saying thank you. A nerd's gotta do...
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