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Local teachers aim to support classroom projects by crowd funding


Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - With the goal of nurturing young minds and making their classrooms one of a kind, teachers are raising dollars online.

The website is called, "Donors choose". Sarah Steffes, a third grade teacher at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, said, "It's set up so teachers can ask for donations for specific items for their classroom." Teachers post classroom projects on the page, people can log on and give any amount of money to the project that most inspires them. Chad Frase, a K-5 art teacher at Flynn Elementary School, said, "The students really enjoy the ceramics or the pottery unit the most. The pottery is what they'll probably keep the longest. So I just wanted to see if we could get a few spinning wheels so we can increase the number of pottery units that we do."

When a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are shipped to the school. Steffes said, "Having to sit at a desk all day and being able to sit down on a bean bag chair or to sit down on the pillows or lay down on the carpets, it makes reading like a reward."

Teachers say, going the extra mile to make sure their students are equipped with a good education is worthwhile.

Steffes said, "Some of the kids, in the beginning, who I didn't see them reading, now they can't wait for silent reading time when they can go over there and listen to books and read to the stuffed animals.

Frase said, "This was just something that I knew would be a big purchase. Something that I couldn't do with my district's budget."

Click here to learn more information about how to donate or create a classroom project.

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