5 Ways to Support Educators This Upcoming School Year

From donating school supplies to giving financially, teachers need our support more than ever
Kids in Need Foundation and other ways to support educators this year.

Courtesy Kids In Need Foundation

As school boards throughout the state announce plans to distance learn, implement a hybrid flex program, or require children to come back to school, teachers are thrown once again into the chaos of teaching in less than ideal conditions, whether that’s trying keep kids engaged via technology or keeping the classroom clean according to Minnesota’s reopening guidelines.

Below are five ways to support teachers as they give their all to provide the best education possible for their students.

1. Give to teachers via websites that promote projects for classrooms.

To do this, head to donorschoose.org or adoptaclassroom.org. These two websites allow teachers to detail their project and monetary goal so donors can give directly to the location, teacher, and classroom they want to.

On Donors Choose, simply search for a topic, teacher, or school near whatever city, state, or zip code you would like to support. You can get even more detailed with your search, selecting distance-only campaigns, teachers who have never been funded before, rural schools, or campaigns for teachers educating students from low-income households. Donors Choose also works with generous partners to offer match contributions.

Adopt A Classroom, on the other hand, is a Minnesota-based nonprofit that also allows donors to select a specific teacher, classroom, or school to support. You can also choose to give directly to Adopt A Classroom, and they will direct the funds to wherever they are needed most.

2. Sign up for Amazon Smile and give to a school-focused charity.

Once you sign up for Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com), Amazon gives 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to whatever charity you would like. You can search for a specific nonprofit you would like to support or—if you don’t have a school charity in mind—Pencils of Promises is always a good pick. The global nonprofit supports students, schools, programs, and communities around the world. (Tip: To activate Amazon Smile, make sure you make the change in your Amazon app.)

3. Contribute directly to your school’s PTA or PTO.

Consider giving your donation to your local school’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) or PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). This ensures that 100% of the money you donate goes directly to the school and not to operating costs or anything else you may not necessarily want to your donation to support.

4. Donate new (or gently used) books to teachers.

Ask the teachers in your life if they are in need of new—or gently used—books for their students. (Note: Many libraries are not accepting used books due to the challenges from COVID-19. However, financial donations are still incredibly helpful to make sure the library can continue to offer new titles, technology, and programs.)

5. Give school supplies and sanitization products to Kids in Need Foundation.

Twin Cities-based Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) allows teachers to shop for free at the nonprofit’s resource center in Roseville. KINF also partners with national organizations to support educators and students throughout the country, providing an estimated $100 million in supplies each year. Most recently, KINF collaborated with Blessings in a Backpack to distribute food and school supplies to under-resourced students. You can go to the website to fill out a donation request form or give the gift of cash. KINF is also available to give to via Amazon Smile.

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