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.
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.
Study.com offers a $1,000 Grant for Teachers to support them in developing curricula, purchasing supplies, or implementing projects that positively impact students and improve learning. In applying for the grant, teachers should describe their challenges with individualized instruction and relate how they overcame those challenges.