Charity Spotlight: AdoptAClassroom.org
We can almost hear the bell in the distance as students across the country head back to school. Though most teachers appreciate time off during their summer breaks, more frequently than not, educators spend a lot of their “time off” planning for the year ahead by preparing their classrooms and buying school supplies for eager young learners (if only all students shared this sentiment…).
Regardless of political affiliation, most would agree that teachers should make more money. Behavior issues, family problems, and diverse learning styles require teachers to wear many hats without a salary to match. If you do not know an educator, we would encourage you to spend some time in a classroom volunteering. You will quickly learn this profession is not for the faint of heart, but rather for genuinely good people who have dedicated their lives to giving (both financially and emotionally).
We had an opportunity to connect with one of our charity partners, AdoptAClassroom.org, who works to fund teachers so they are able to purchase the classroom supplies and materials needed to create a dynamic environment where children can learn and succeed. It is clear to us why their organization is needed, but here are some numbers to prove it:
- Declining education budgets and the fact that over half (51%) of America’s children in public schools live in poverty means teachers are filling the gap by buying classroom supplies out of their own pocket.
- 91% of teachers purchase basic school supplies for their students when families are unable to afford them.
- Two-thirds of all classroom supplies are purchased by teachers out of their own pockets.
- On average, teachers spend $600 of their own money every year on supplies for their classroom. Nearly 20% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually.
Inadequate classroom resources threaten the success of our schools. Research indicates the use of hands-on learning materials in the classroom has a direct and positive impact on student achievement and future success in school and in life.
Why They Matter
AdoptAClassroom.org’s short YouTube video, Why We Matter, provides an excellent overview of how much this program impacts teachers within our education system. Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who’s a former teacher herself, shares her reasoning for supporting the mission of the organization.
One of the things we love the most about AdoptAClassroom.org is that when a teacher is adopted online by an individual donor, the teacher receives 100% of the funds. Additionally, companies including Great Clips, Lane Bryant, HBO, Office Depot, Farmers Insurance, and Burlington work to fund these classroom programs as well as the AdoptAClassroom.org organization to ensure our teachers continue to be supported. It is an extremely sustainable model. Quality education is one of the Sustainable Development Goals that touch people globally. Whether you currently know a teacher or not, at one point in your life, you have received some education and come into contact with an educator.
The Impact is Real
Since 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised more than $30 million to help teachers purchase school supplies for more than 4.25 million students in low-income, high-need schools. To date, a quarter of a million K-12 teachers, representing 30 percent of all schools in the U.S., have registered with AdoptAClassroom.org.
To learn more, visit AdoptAClassroom.org, or call them directly at 877-444-7666. You can also learn more about them on Facebook at facebook.com/adoptaclassroom or by following @Adopt_Classroom on Twitter.
To donate to AdoptAClassroom.org, create your own Personal Giving Account with DoTopia and start giving today.