Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What Goes Around Comes Around, Again!

I've been using my own camera for Difference Makers events since September. The kids and I have taken a lot of pictures of our volunteer activities and use them to update our blog, as well as a bulletin board at school.  A couple of months ago (you may have noticed), my camera has developed a cloudy spot inside one of its lenses (of course, it's the lens I can't reach--Who knows how a lens inside the camera gets scratched, but grrrrrrr).  It only shows at certain angles, but it's quite annoying.

Anyway, I had been donating here and there on a cool website called *DonorsChoose, and when my camera got the scratch, it occurred to me that I could enter a "project" request on DonorsChoose for potential funding of an inexpensive camera.  The website hosts a collection of classroom projects from around the United States and the Dominican Republic.  Nearly 200,000 projects have been funded up to this point, impacting the lives of almost 5,000,000 students.  Potential donors are encouraged to browse projects (by subject area, age levels, poverty levels, etc.) and donate any amount to help the causes there.  I believe in the concept so much that I even signed up to donate $10 per month--It's a great way to support projects you believe in.  I entered my camera wish and basically forgot about it...

Until tonight.

Guess what?! Difference Makers is getting a digital camera from DonorsChoose!!!  It has been funded by a generous man named John, from Fitchburg, Wisconsin and the wonderful people at Crate&Barrel!  How cool is that?!  Now, when my Difference Makers students do something fun/interesting/inspiring, the kids can take photos and post them on our blog and/or inspire other kids to do the same.  The kids are going to be so excited when I share the great news about the camera.

If you know a teacher or classroom that has a wish/need, please encourage the teacher to join DonorsChoose. It's completely free, and who knows; they just might be blessed by a donation of their own. And if you like supporting great causes and having the freedom to choose, poke around on the site--You can make a difference! :)


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19 comments:

  1. YAY for the Difference Makers! WOOHOO

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  2. What a great find! I'm sure your difference makers will be quite happy and excited! You're a very good teacher!

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  3. That is so awesome congrats! I'm off to check it out I already do KIVA but I like this idea too. Every little bit helps and makes a difference. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Hooray! I'm so glad you got your camera! Hooray for the Difference Makers too, just because!

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  5. I am going to check out Donors Choose. Sounds to me like an excellent idea.

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  6. congrats
    That donors org sounds like a good idea. Probably low expenses with overhead using the web.
    Wondering what you'll do with the old camera?

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  7. That is awesome ...I love the generous spirit that lives in most people

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  8. That is amazing! Congrats!! I'm definitely going to have to check out DonersChoose. Thanks for the info!

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  9. thanks for visiting our blog (a corgi in Southern California) and your kind comments; Koda (dog) is feeling better which is a good thing indeed!!

    How cool to get picked to get a camera through this organization. It is a wonderful organization to begin with and for someone to pick your project to contribute to is awesome!! Good luck with your new camera!!!

    (and I too didn't know that a lens inside could get scratched, fascinating!)

    betty

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  10. You and your difference makers are awesome!!!! Donorschoose.org is pretty cool too! Have you told the kids yet?

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  11. What a great idea! Congrats on getting your new camera!

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  12. Woohoo, congratulations to you and kudos for DonersChoose. They chose well!

    Your students are gonna be out of this world thrilled. (What goes around comes around!)

    God bless and enjoy the new camera! :o)

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  13. Donors Choose. . .sounds great ~ hadn't heard about it before - you sound like an awesome teach!!!

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  14. Adam Lambert supports this organization. First time I had heard about it was at his concert believe it or not! Congrats!

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  15. What a great organization.

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