Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sunrise Sunset: DonorsChoose.org


Like so many other people, I was really affected by the tragedy of the school shooting last week. On so many levels, it is hard to grapple with the fact that these shootings keep happening and I know I find it hard to find a way to appropriately express my outrage and sadness.

You may have heard about this idea that's going around to do 20 acts of kindness in honor of the children whose lives were lost (or 26 acts of kindness to honor the teachers and staff lost as well). A friend told me about it and I thought I might try a few acts of kindness, mostly to make myself feel better. First off, let me just say it feels great, highly recommended.

More on topic, though, is that one thought I had was to donate to a San Francisco elementary school, particularly a school that might not have the ability to raise lots of money from its own parent community for supplies and extras. So, with that goal in mind, I found myself the other night at DonorsChoose.org. Basically, this is a site where teachers can go on and describe particular supplies, materials, technology or any other resources they need, and solicit donations specifically for those items. Pretty amazing. I donated to a project for a kindergarten in Bernal Heights.

So, if you're looking for a way this holiday season to donate a few dollars and perform a random act of kindness for SF kids, I recommend you check the site out. I also really enjoyed browsing the projects. I even feel like I learned a little about a few schools in the process! For instance, the requests from teachers at Creative Arts Charter School sound especially amazing, take a look:

http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?state=CA&community=4240:2&school=4491

Happy Holidays!


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