Education is at the center of the city’s malaise. For whatever reason, be it the school board, the adminstration, the poor facilities, what-have-you, DC’s Public School system is hurting. There are a lot of folks who say they want to help out, but are too busy to volunteer, too busy to sit on the board, but rare few are too busy to take a second to give some cash for a cool project. Check out Means for Dreams, which uses a system whereby teachers can craft proposals for classroom projects that you can help fund. Projects run the gamut from donating some DVDs for a Shakespeare DVD library to a Mathematics In-classroom system from Texas Instruments to a science kit for 1st and 2nd graders.
Best still, you can search for your Ward, so you can find schools in your neighborhood. Each school lists the percentage of students who are assisted by the city, each project lists the details of the school that you’d be helping out. All donations are handled through the Means for Dreams organization, which is a 501(c)3 charity, meaning that your donation is 100% tax deductible. Projects range from the small to the large, and you don’t have to donate the entire amount of a project to make a difference. Go, try to make a difference in DC’s schools by helping out on a project basis.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs