If you are a public school teacher, you MUST SIGN UP FOR DONORSCHOOSE! You can get materials that you need for your classroom, all through donations from strangers around the world. The best way to get your funding started is to sign up for monthly automatic donations, and as a reward for doing so, you get a $50 gift card! You can sign up for a $10 automatic donation, and then you can put that $10 on your project. Donors like to see the teacher supporting his/her project. Also, make sure you comment and thank EVERY donor after you receive their donation. A great thank you message goes a long way in raising funds. With a little work, your classroom and students will greatly benefit from DonorsChoose!
Last year was my first year teaching in a public school, and I had almost nothing when I started. I had so many projects funded that my principal still jokes about using the bond issue to add on to my classroom! What I have received has ranged from construction paper and paint to books and audio books to storage containers to furniture to Sony Bloggie camcorders, and beyond! Don't let the project proposal steps scare you. Write a few paragraphs and receive amazing things for your classroom! But, be careful, Donors Choose is quite addicting!
Now, I'm posting this link to a giveaway held by Herding Kats in Kindergarten. She is offering 3 Donors Choose gift cards for the winners! Head over and sign up!