This has been the longest lull on Donors Choose I've had in years. I'm not alone, either: I think that donations have slowed quite a bit this year. Certainly teachers at my school are not having the 100% success and endless runs of exciting boxes we have enjoyed over the last couple of years.
I'm still hoping for great things with Mustaches 4 Kids active right now and holiday charitable giving coming up, but since school has started I've only had one project funded...and I've watched three expire.
Presently I have five active projects, of which three have match offers. I am hoping that at least one of these will get funded. One of the five is a "Hey, I Have the Points...Why Not Shoot for the Moon?" project that rings in at over $4,000. But the rest are standard items that my kids could really use and I can't get any other way - a listening center, summer materials, and so on.
Although I believe in public financing for public schools, I also believe in getting my students what they need. Public financing isn't getting my classroom much more than pencils; Donors Choose has afforded tens of thousands of dollars in supplies and materials for my classroom over the last seven years. (Yeah, literally.)
If you are able to do so financially, do take a look at their website and support our public schools today.