I know that Maple Leaf loves our indie coffee shops – and boy do we have a great selection up here. But today – and throughout this week – you might consider hitting up another coffee shop: Starbucks (you might have heard of them).
Why, you ask? Well, Starbucks has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DonorsChoose.org on a project in King County that will support teachers. For those who don’t know, DonorsChoose.org is a great organization created by teachers that allows individuals to fund teacher projects across the country — from field trips to computer equipment to everyday school supplies like scissors and calculators.
And starting today, which just happens to be World Teachers’ Day, thanks to a grant from the Gates Foundation, King County Starbucks stores will provide free $10 DonorsChoose.org gift cards, which can be used to support requests for classroom materials and experiences from local teachers. These cards will be distributed while supplies last.
More than 1,200 classroom projects are seeking funding—including requests for important classroom resources such as books, microscopes, field trips, and musical instruments. In Seattle, teachers have posted over 600 requests. You can also narrow down your search by school if you would like to support a teacher at your neighborhood’s school. Individuals who redeem the card can choose to make an additional personal contribution through the DonorsChoose.org website: www.donorschoose.org/kingcounty2011.
David Bley, director of the Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest work, posted a blog today with more details on the campaign. The blog also features an interview with Ms. Judy Camann, a teacher at Franklin High School. Ms. Camann had this to say about DonorsChoose.org and its impact on teachers:
The spirit lift teachers feel when someone, often someone they do not even know, takes the time to not just read their project proposal but also believe in the results and the students involved, is wonderful.
So what are you waiting for? Head to Starbucks and ask for a DonorsChoose.org gift card. And then head online to support teachers in King County.