The School District of Philadelphia is currently in the midst of a major budget crisis. Before the 2013-2014 school year started, the district almost didn’t open because there wasn’t enough money to operate schools safely. An emergency loan from the city of Philadelphia allowed the schools to open on time, but it was an extremely difficult year due to the doomsday budget.
It hardly seems possible, but the 2014-2015 school year is about to begin with even more budget cuts. They had to really work to find anything left to cut, but they managed to do it by eliminating transportation for many students and cutting back on cleaning services. That means this year, hundreds of students will have to walk to their filthy understaffed schools.
We don’t have enough paper and pencils, which means expensive supplies such as up-to-date textbooks and computers are pretty much out of the question. I set up a project through Donors Choose to get some much-needed technology supplies for my classroom.
The awesome news is that The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is funding HALF the project, but only if it’s funded by 24 August. But that’s not all! Donors Choose will match donations dollar for dollar through 29 August if you enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page.
My students are amazing and they deserve so much better than the poor excuse for a public education that the city of Philadelphia provides. I would be grateful beyond words if you would consider making a donation for them.