Amazon has enabled Alexa users to donate money toward back-to-school supplies for children in need. Users simply say, “Alexa, donate to Happy School Year,” to be guided through a $25 donation to fill a student backpack. Each pack will be filled with school supplies (including pencils, pens, a ruler, and a notebook) before it’s shipped directly by Amazon to the nonprofit Communities In Schools. Amazon will match the first $200,000. The donations are tax deductible, and donors will receive a thank-you message via Alexa from Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player and member of the Communities In Schools National Board.
With all of the great success stories out there about crowdfunding, you may be wondering if it’s time to give it a try. Crowdfunding can be a helpful resource to support a special project, but only if you take the time to craft a compelling campaign. Here are the steps to take to ensure your project is successfully funded.
The National Society of High School Scholars is providing STEAM Educator Grants to enhance STEAM-related activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), innovation, and classroom excellence for teachers in a STEAM field.
Annie’s Homegrown, Inc. offers grants to schools and educational programs to build an edible school garden (for example, growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains) in the United States. Two types of grants are available: Getting Startedgrants for a new garden program and Digging Deepergrants for already existing programs.