Today is the one week mark in our month-long drive with DonorsChoose to raise funds for public school classroom projects, and it is no surprise that ScienceBlogs readers have been generous in their support. As I write this post, the ScienceBlogs leaderboard indicates:
- Thirteen challenges mounted by Sb blogs or coalitions of Sb blogs, including a newly-added challenge from Abel Pharmboy.
- In the lead for most money raised so far, with $1,807, the Uncertain Principles Challenge.
- In the lead for most donors so far, with 35, Dr. Isis's challenge.
- The challenge that got the most recent donation is Dr. Isis's challenge.
- We've raised a total of $9,438 so far.
- We've benefitted from the donations of 97 generous ScienceBlogs readers.
- We've funded projects that will reach 3,671 students.
Not bad for the first week!
Unfortunately, the Social Media Challenge motherboard indicates that the ScienceBlogs contingent has been overtaken by a bunch of teachers. Folks, there's nothing wrong with wanting to beat teachers if you're helping teachers in the process!
Any little bit of money you can direct towards classroom proposals in our challenges is a great help to the students and their teachers. But don't forget that your donation can also put you in the running for some prizes, including:
- Swag Bags from ScienceBlogs, complete with Seed moleskin notebooks and tote bags, ScienceBlogs mugs and USB drives, and books from Yale University Press and Oxford University Press - winners drawn every week in October. (Forward your donation confirmation email from DonorsChoose to scienceblogs (at) gmail (dot) com to be entered in the drawing).
- A drawing for Yellow Ibis T-shirts if you give to the Sciencewomen challenge.
- A chance to win some Dr. Isis swag and cheese-weasel gear if you give to Dr. Isis's challenge.
- A chance at a free book from Princeton University Press for a donation to GrrlScientist's challenge.
- A chance to win DrugMonkey swag if you kick some money to a proposal through the DrugMonkey challenge.
- A chance to win an advance copy of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog if you donate to the Uncertain Principles challenge, plus the opportunity to ask Chad a question and have him answer it on his blog for a mere $20 donation.
- A selection of poetry, sprog art, blog posts (of the "Basic Concepts" or "After School Experiment" variety), temporary tattoos, and your favorite chemical compound in a sampler for donations at various levels to my challenge.
In other words, there are plenty of good reasons to give. It doesn't need to be a lot; working together, we can make lots of small donations add up and have a big impact.
Let's see what we can accomplish in the next few weeks!