Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Help Clairemont Schools!

Clairemonters who are looking for a gift for the legendary "person who has everything" might consider a donation to a worthy and local cause in the giftee's name. Here's one to consider if the recipient doesn't have a favorite: Donors Choose.org. Here is some information from their website:

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.
Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we delivers the materials to the school.
You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $50, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.
At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.We call it citizen philanthropy.
Search the site by zip code 92117 and you will find 56 teachers' projects in our neighborhood alone seeking support, and some for less than the cost of another reindeer sweater for dad...something to think about in this season of both abundance and need.  

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