By Leslie Crawford, Senior Editor
This story would be sad, except it’s so sadly ordinary. My daughter’s public school has no money. Or as the principal announced at a recent PTA meeting, “We’re ass broke.”
How ass broke are we? During the meeting, we agonized over the school’s busted popcorn machine that we desperately needed as a way to raise money for the next fund-raising event. But it cost $170 for a new one. Finally, two noble parents offered to buy it so we could move on to worry about more pressing needs, like affording teaching assistants and after care and basic supplies.
Yup, it’s shame-worthy, the never-ending hand-wringing and scrounging for the simplest needs that public school must engage in. There’s nothing I can do to change the dire straights schools are.
Or maybe I can. This week, my daughter’s teacher told me something remarkable: when she really needs something for the classroom, she doesn’t hold a bake sale in hopes that they raise enough for a new carpet the kids can sit on during circle time. She posts it at DonorsChoose.org. Here's what's really incredible: thanks to the generosity of donors, usually she gets what she needs.
I’d heard of DonorsChoose but confess I never used it. So today I went to the site, found my daughter’s school, and saw they need a few cots and sheets so when kids feel ill, they have a place to lie down.
Want to help your school but don’t have time to volunteer? No problem. You don’t even need to get up out of your chair. Just go here, click the big green button the reads, "Search projects," on the next page type in your school and city at "Keyword," then make a donation. There, wasn't that easy?