Education is important in our house. While it is true that my parents were quite hands off about my education, I picked up the education vibe from their actions. My father left school at 16 to become a draftsman. After working and going to school at night for 7 years, he received his bachelor’s degree. He may not have said very much about this to me as a child, but his tenacity left an impression. My mother received her degree when I was a teen. I always knew I was going to college.
For some kids college is just not an option. I am saddened by this. I try to do what I can to help other children by donating to collections at church, sorting through our books to donate, or making a donation to a charity. I am limited by what I can give. We are a one-income family with a little extra income from my blogging pursuits.
My children are fortunate that while we are not wealthy by any means, we live in a good school district, regularly shop for books online/bookstores, check out books form the library, or participate in enrichment activities. I wanted to help kids in a classroom less “privileged” than my own children’s classrooms.
When I was offered the chance to make a donation to the Bing Education Program, I leaped at the chance to help other children. I participated in Bing Teacher Appreciation Website Blog and Twitter Tour. I was given a $100 DonorsChoose.org giving code to use toward the classroom projects of my choice. I can tell you that I am rarely, if ever, able to give this much to charity. Perhaps in the future I will be able to give more. I hope so.
- I was eager to find out about the projects available. I logged on to the Discover Bing Education site.
- Clicked on the “Making a Differnce through DonorsChoose.org.”
- Selected “Projects.”
- Scrolled through the list of available projects. Spotted one about books. Noticed the project was close to meeting its goal. Looked at several other projects, but returned to the first project as the teacher was looking for a set of leveled readers for her students and my donation could help her meet her goal…almost. Leveled readers are so important so that kids make steady progress and gain confidence in their reading skills.
- Without hesitation, I clicked on the added the project to my account, proceeded to checkout, and paid my donation using my DonorsChoose.org code. You can pay by credit card, amazon, PayPal, or check, as well.
Within minutes of checking out and receiving a confirmation of my order, I received a sweet e-mail from the teacher I helped. Loved it!
The Bing’s Teacher Appreciation Website helps teachers help themselves. Here’s how it works:
- a teacher can log onto the DonorsChoose.org website to start a “classroom project” or donation request.
- Parents and students can then visit the Bing Teacher Appreciation site to leave a comment [up to 5 per visitor] about a teacher who has made a difference in their life, enabling them to receive a $5 giving code to donorschoose.org [one per comment].
- Parents and students can then apply the $5 giving code to the “classroom project” of their choice.
- Classroom projects are created by teachers, so reach out to your childrens’ teachers and encourage them to submit their own projects!
Do you have a teacher who has made a difference in your child’s life or your life? Add the teacher’s name to the Bing site!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Bing and a $100 DonoseChoose.org giving code to facilitate my review. Mom Central also sent me a thank-you gift certificate.”