For connecting kids who need supplies to donors who want to help
In 2010, DonorsChoose.org grew to 250,000 donors, who gave roughly $30 million to support 60,000 classroom projects. Bronx science teacher Steve Oszust has successfully raised more than $125,000 with his knack for catchy headlines -- "No Bones About It!" atop a post asking for a model skeleton. Thanks to the campaigns, he has created an elective in environmental studies and started a tennis club. His students talk about what the donations have meant to them.
"Other classes, we hardly have any books. You have to leave them in the classroom. Mr. O got us books you can take home and do practice questions."
–Bryan Hernandez, 18, Junior
"The school's very poor. When they donate stuff, we're like, 'Oh cool, where'd you get that from?'"
–Kristallin Roman, 18, Junior
"Sometimes we take pictures or use a [donated] microscope... I want to be a doctor. That's my dream."
–Nana Kwame Boakye, 18, Junior
"Kids like to destroy books in this school! Mr. O tries his best to get them for us."
–Frahelis Perez, 16, Junior