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Class uses the web to raise money

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 30th, 2013

It seems as though there is always somebody knocking on your door, asking you to buy candy, cookies, popcorn, or magazines in order to raise money for whatever program they are involved in. Well Mrs. Smith’s sixth grade classroom took a new, 21st century approach to raising money for their needs.

The sixth graders use a digital camera in their classroom for just about everything, from recording presentations to documenting fun events, but when their current camera broke, they were left without an essential part of their learning experience.

So how were they going to purchase a new camera by the end of the year? Mrs. Smith decided to take to the Internet.

Donorschoose.org is a website that allows teachers to ask people around the globe to help support their cause and give them an option to donate as well as interact with the teacher.

After hearing about this from a fellow teacher friend from Sioux Falls and again by Darold Rounds, the Superintendent at C-E, Smith decided to ask for help purchasing two cameras at a total cost of $198.20 with the optional donation to donorschoose.org for an additional $34.98, making the total monies needed to complete the request, $233.18.

The website allows teachers to have their listings up for a total of four months but it took the sixth graders at Colman-Egan just two weeks to receive their funding from nine different donors.

“I am very thankful for all of the people who generously donated to our project,” Smith said. “We had a variety of donors from my family members, students’ family members, school staff and a man from New York whom we’ve never met, and none of this would be possible without their generosity,” she added.

The cameras should be in the hands of the kid shortly and be used for years to come at Colman-Egan.

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