With recent budget cuts at local schools, teachers are looking for any and all ways to raise money to meet the needs in their classrooms. Through the website donorschoose.org, teachers across the Tri-States have raised more than $13,000 this year.
Hannibal Middle School teacher Paula Epker is just one of 28 other local teachers to receive donations this year. Hannibal Middle School's Room 18 has seen a lot of changes over the past few months. Sixth grade teacher Paula Epker has raised more than $1,800 for classroom supplies, making sure her kids get the same level of education as other students in Missouri.
"It is helping the students to have quality books that they need. It's helping the students have the technology that they need keeping current. Things that they have at home that they're now using at school," she said.
Epker's class received new books, E-Readers, and a document camera, which is helping 6th grade student Kelsey Nichelson get things done.
"If I had to say what I like the best I have to say it's the document camera because sometimes I can't see far away so when it's bigger I can see it easier," Nichelson said.
The nonprofit organization has been around for about 10 years. Teachers are able to go onto the website and make a list of what they need, then people all over the country can donate to the projects of their choice.
Insurance company Horace Mann is a national sponsor of the program. Agent Colin Ash says it takes the financial burden off teachers.
"The crazy thing about it is what a lot of people don't understand is the amount of money teachers individually put towards books or anything in the classroom that is coming straight from their pocket. So this is a really great opportunity for them to get some of these projects fully funded for their classrooms," he said.
Epker also put in another request for Google Tablets for her classroom. Horace Mann is matching any donations up to 100 dollars, but you'll need to put in a promo code.
The promo code is HoraceMann12. If you make a donation but the project doesn't get all its necessary funding, the donations return to the donor.
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