Google Surprises AISD Teachers by Funding All Classroom Requests on DonorsChoose.org
AUSTIN, Texas—Today, Google surprised four Palm Elementary School teachers when the company announced it would fully fund their projects listed on DonorsChoose.org.
“This is a great way for a company such as Google to support our schools and the innovative work our teachers are doing each day,” Austin ISD Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz said. “It was a great surprise for our teachers, and our students will ultimately benefit from this good deed.”
At Palm Elementary School, Google announced it would fund all 133 teacher projects listed on DonorsChoose.org in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.
Among the projects funded this morning were alphabet Play-Doh cards at Dawson Elementary School and a document camera for class presentations at Palm Elementary School.
As a result of Google’s $87,803.58 donation, 117 Austin-area teachers will receive materials for their 9,914 students—ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes. Google posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.
“We are thrilled to partner with DonorsChoose.org to support all of the classroom projects of teachers here in the Austin area. We owe a lot to our teachers and want to thank them for being a constant source of inspiration,” Google’s Public Affairs Manager Gerardo Interiano said.
On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and donors support the projects that inspire them.
“We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “This is a great day for Austin-area classrooms.”
Over the past few months, Google has announced similar “flash funding” campaigns in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated a total of $250 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 11 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology and other resources that they need to learn.