We're a week into our 2009 DonorsChoose challenge, and as of 11 am EDT, we've raised $250 for science education of high poverty students around the country. In 2007, we raised $1104, and last year: "Forty-two Sciencewomen readers contributed a total of $1863 to help 917 needy kids learn about science and engineering." If we're going to get anywhere near that number this year, we need to pick up the pace a bit. I understand that money is tight for all of us, this year more than ever, but money is tighter than ever for public school teachers, who spend an average of $500 to $700 per year out of pocket for classroom supplies. Contributing $1, $5, or $10 to a project via DonorsChoose eases the burden on teachers and ensures that all students have access to science resources and experiences they need and deserve.
If altruism alone is not enough, let's recap the prizes available for generous readers who donate through our challenge:
And if the thought of bringing books and science to the next generation of scientists, engineers, and citizens is not enough to get you to part with that precious cash, how about if we throw in a few prizes? When you donate any amount and email your receipt to me (science (dot) woman (at sign) gmail (dot) com), I'll enter you in a drawing to win [one of] at least
onethree! t-shirt[s] from our friends at Yellow Ibis. Maybe you'll even want to get one of our extra-special "being the change" custom t-shirts? If you are the donor that funds a project to completion, let me know too, because getting those books to kids earns you the right to make a request for SciWo's Storytime. What books (science or not) would you like Minnow and I to read and videotape?
And from the benevolent catherders at Seed Media Group:
For those of you who are participating in the DonorsChoose Social Media Challenge, please let your readers know, if you haven't already, that they can forward their donation receipt to email@example.com for a chance to win some 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 - we'll draw a winner ... every week in October.
Do we need to do more than that to get the momentum going? What's it going to take to get you to give your pocket change to science education? Please help.
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I just love the fact that you included a special ed class in your projects!!! Science education should be available for all kids.