The iPad was purchased with grant money. Our local United Way and The Insurance Store have sponsored a classroom grant contest the past two years in our community. This year, each applicant had to make a classroom video showing how students are Living United. Then, we had to rally our supporters and have them vote for our video. The prize was $400. Our class received a grant for $400 and I asked our PTO for the other $100, which they generously gave me. However, I was prepared to use my own money to finish funding if they did not. So, be sure to check out local resources and grant contests. We have several community grants each year- our electric company, Chamber of Commerce, and several others. Walmart is a good place to check, too, they have Foundation grants and volunteer donations.
Our iPods came from Donors Choose donations. If you have not heard of this you should really check it out. You can choose items from their sponsored stores (or once you have successfully completed a campaign you have a little more freedom) and ask for donations. All of my donations came from friends, my family and students' families. People can give small or large amounts. I posted my campaign on our school's PTO Facebook page, as well as my own. I have also donated small amounts to other teachers- it's a great way to help each other.
My third iPod came from my mom. I know... she's awesome! She had an iPod Touch and when she got her iPhone, so donated the touch to my classroom. She is always doing great stuff like this for my classroom. Love my mama!
Does anyone else have any creative ways to find extra money for your classroom?
Since my giveaway item wasn't claimed, I'm going to draw again. So.....
Congratulations to Amber from Classy Confessions!
You won the personalized cup.