Two Selma Middle School teachers have received nearly $2,700 in combined funding through the popular DonorsChoose.org website.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers are able to post classroom project requests on the site, and visitors can give any amount to a project that inspires them.
Jackie Tingen, fifth grade teacher, received $2,000 for books and materials, and Jenna Buie, who also a fifth grade teacher, received $687 for her students’ classroom library.
According to Tingen, she felt her classroom could benefit from a few more diverse and engaging reading materials, and she knew that those resources could help her students become better readers. Tingen reached out to DonorsChoose.org, and with the support of her friends, family, and even anonymous donors, she was able to successfully raise the $2,000 she had requested for books and materials in a span of three weeks.
She added that her students are very excited about the new books and reading area that the generous donors helped supply, and they are looking forward to a successful school year.
According to Buie, her goal with the project was to enhance student learning.
“Over the summer I submitted my project with the goal to build up my classroom library,” said Buie. “I was lucky enough to be selected, and my project took off right from the beginning. Now that my project is fully funded, the students will have access to the books that will build on their love of reading along with their fluency and literacy skills.”
Buie added that the books that were purchased vary from different grade levels, meeting the needs of all of her students. “My students and I are very excited,” said Buie.