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In the face of exceptional challenges, our network of alumni and corps members are providing crucial support to their students and communities. Below are requests from educators and community leaders who are dedicated to helping others whose lives have been disproportionately affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thank You!

To date gifts from our community have supported 43 projects totaling $82,883. Thank you to everyone who has given!

School Wellness Educator and Yoga Teacher Training

$2,300

Chrizia Dela Rosa

Campaign Region: Bay Area

I am trying to raise money to cover expenses for a professional development course that is offered to public educators to strengthen and care for the whole educator. I will grow my practice in how to use mindfulness, yoga, and social-emotional learning as a vehicle for healing and learning in their classrooms and communities. I will learn and grow through conversation and collaboration with like-minded people who are building community well-being and resilience right alongside one another.

Personalized Bookmarks

$240

Janki Patel

Campaign Region: New York

My students have been working really hard ever since the transition to remote learning has happened. They have worked hard to overcome many struggles and have worked relentlessly to stay on top of their schoolwork.

 

I would like to create personalized bookmarks for my students as a memory of their middle school years. Many of my students have been home for over 13 weeks, and spend a lot of time worrying about their families and schoolwork. This will be a nice surprise for them and will show them that they are cared for.

Help! I need a computer

$1,728

Mayra Aguilera

Campaign Region: Los Angeles

I need a laptop to collect data, enhance my teaching skills, and to plan and execute virtual lessons for my students. This donation would support student learning as well as my own professional development. This laptop would allow me to participate in educational webinars to further my professional development, create resources for students and families, as well as continue to provide an engaging and enriching education for all students on or off campus.

 

At the return to campus, students will use the MacBook to conduct research, create presentations, access educational applications, and collaborate with their peers on class projects. The MacBook would also be used as a tool to communicate with families and staff.

Crownpoint COVID-19 Relief Food Drive

$5,000

Tracie Benally

Campaign Region: New Mexico

As of May 2020, the Navajo Nation, located in the Southwestern United States, is considered the hardest hit Coronavirus hotspot in the country. Crownpoint, New Mexico has one of the highest infection rates on the reservation and is located in one of the most rural areas of New Mexico. Many communities on the Navajo Nation exist in food deserts. Unexpected job loss also exacerbates issues with securing food, especially when a loss of income makes it difficult for low-income families to make a two hour (roundtrip) drive for groceries. In order to bridge the access gap, especially for elders and immunocompromised folks, we are seeking funding to create food boxes for Crownpoint community members. In order to distribute such food boxes, we will be making and hosting contactless food drives for our community. We thank you for your support! 

STEM Books for Students at Home

$4,000

Rebecca Colo

Campaign Region: Massachusetts

A student asked me to send her books while she is at home. She's the 39th student I've sent books to since we have been out of school. In her email she mentioned that she already has a book at home and asked that I please avoid sending that same book. Hearing that she owns 1 book was heartbreaking for me. There are kids all throughout our community who have spent the last 2 months in homes where they may only have access to one book. Now that we have found ways to help get meals into homes in need, it's time to think about how we get books into these homes. Please help provide books to our students as we head toward the summer and students become even more isolated.

Science at Home!

$697

Christian Duran

Campaign Region: Greater Cleveland

Help me give my students some hands-on science materials in order to continue learning and developing a love for science.
This marble run would not only create some non-tech fun for my students but also challenge them in finding creative ways to create their runs. Plus, I could implement some of the Spanish language by having my students record themselves explaining what they did to create their marble run. The science activity books would get them some extra activities to have DIY science fun at home!

 

Supporting and Amplifying Youth Voices during Quarantine

$5,000

Whitney Birenbaum

Campaign Region: Baltimore

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a literary arts organization founded on the belief that kids’ voices matter. Our mission is to help young people develop the skills of successful writers and amplify their own voices. Your contribution this spring will directly support the people behind our publications: our 20 middle and high school student editors, college intern, and creative freelancers that make CHARM a reality. Our current online publication, "This is Not a Snow Day," seeks to amplify youth perspectives in Baltimore during quarantine.

Learning Essentials at Home

$315

Jenna Lipman

Campaign Region: New York

One family our school serves is currently living with 4 people in a one-bedroom apartment. This family has 3 school-aged children, all working to accomplish online learning. Their mother is an essential worker and is working hard to make sure her kids have all they need but things are hard right now. This family would really benefit from some extra food, books, games, and resources. I am hoping to have some essential supplies sent to their house to help keep them feeling nourished and cared for. Knowing that there is support for families who are struggling during this challenging time will help my students see light and grace during this global epidemic.

Wishing Wellness for All Students & Families

$750

Jennifer Gentile

Campaign Region: San Diego

With these funds I will be able to provide wellness to my 12 junior and senior students with moderate and severe disabilities and their families in the Escondido, CA community by:
1. Donating $25 grocery store gift cards to each of the 12 student families I teach.
2. Distributing masks to every student I have to be able to access their community.
3. Gifting headphones to every student to be able to complete distance learning at home in a peaceful environment.
4. Giving graduation gifts to each of my 4 seniors students.
5. Purchasing a desk that can be transported from online teaching at home to a work station when we return to campus.
6. Investing in a $50 membership to EdHelper.com to provide my students with more educational opportunities from home.
7. Acquiring cleaning supplies for our transition back into the classroom.

Perfectly Prepared

$2,066

Kathleen Casey

Campaign Region: New York

We need your help providing our students with technology, snacks, and goodies for our upcoming school year! Our students, from Morris Heights in the Bronx, NY, range from ages 12-15 and are extremely smart, driven, and outspoken.

Our students are all in the 8th grade, and we are so excited for our upcoming school year! During distance learning, it is hard for our students who are kind, motivated, passionate, dedicated, and extremely loving to learn without the materials they need. They are people who are going to make our world one in which everyone is accepted, seen, and loved.

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