Monday, July 03, 2006

Join the Blogger Challenge: Raise Funds for Public Schools

DonorsChoose has launched a new program called BloggersChoose which allows bloggers to search through mini-grant proposals that school teachers have submitted to DonorsChoose, and ask their readers to fund them.

I set up my own Blogger's Challenge last week to support a Butterfly Garden for third graders in the Bronx where 73% of the students come from low income homes, a sixth grade Life Lab garden in San Jose, CA where 77% of the students come from low income homes, and a school/community garden in Manhattan where 91% of the students come from low income homes.

According to DonorsChoose:

"low income" refers to the percentage of students at a given school who qualify for free lunch, which is considered a measure of economic need. To be deemed eligible for free lunch, a student must submit a form showing family income at or below 130% of the poverty line. In 2001, a student in a family of 4 received free lunch if the family income was $23,530 or less.

If you would like to support any of these projects, just click HERE, or click on the "donate to my challenge" button on the sidebar of this blog.

Photo of Children's Garden from spacecadet's Flickr stream. This photo has an Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons license

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