Thursday, September 18, 2008


Each year teachers spend an average of $1,200 of their own money for classroom supplies. Given the current state of the school department and funding, teachers in Fall River may actually spend more than this national average.

The Adopt-A-Classroom program is a non-profit organization that connects classrooms in need with generous people willing to donate. The program offers a great website where you can donate money or items to specific classrooms in need. 100% of your donation goes directly to the classroom of your choice.

There are currently 13 classrooms in Fall River looking to be adopted. The site offers information on the school and includes statements from the teachers detailing what their classrooms need. Some common needs include books, puzzles, research materials, and art supplies. You can read the needs of each classroom and choose the one to which you would like to donate. Donations are tax deductible.

From the Adopt-A-Classroom website:

Does adopting a classroom "make a difference"?You bet! By adopting a classroom, you are providing the teacher with additional funds to purchase hands-on learning materials. In addition, by serving as a community partner, you are positively impacting teacher morale. Empirical data supports that these two factors increase opportunity for classroom success.

I am sure anything you are able to give would be greatly appreciated by the students and the teachers.


puck said...

Thanks, Shamrock for opening our eyes to this great opportunity, especially in light of today's disheartening report of further mismanagement of the school budget.

I know the city should be providing the resources our teachers and children need, but the stark reality is that they won't.

I just got done making a donation and it feels good to be able to help in a small but very direct way.

The process is very quick and easy.

To anyone who's interested in donating, click the link on Shamrock's posting. It will give you a list of the classrooms in Fall River that are participating. If you want to read more about how the program works before you donate, click on the "Homeroom" link at the top of the page.

Thanks again, Shamrock. I'm sure you've made some teachers very happy!

shamrock said...

Thanks so much for donating. I think the website is great and I love knowing that 100% of my donation went directly to the classroom for their specific needs.

Hopefully more people can give!!