Local teachers raise funds for classroom projects

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:46 p.m.

Some local teachers have taken to raising money on their own to pay for classroom projects.

Using the national website www.donorschoose.org, some local teachers have raised nearly $14,000 in donations to pay for classroom activities that require supplies like paint, brushes, crayons, reading and phonics games, paper and pencils, according to a news release from prominent sponsor and insurance company Horace Mann.

In a statement, Metcalfe Elementary kindergarten teacher Abigail Hawker said she received much-needed supplies for her projects, which involve leveled reading.

“The supplies keep them busy while providing me the time to work in small group to focus on the different leveled learners and allowing me to push each child to take as much as possible from kindergarten and succeed throughout the rest of their educational career,” she said.

Horace Mann, an insurance company for educators, has been a prominent sponsor of school projects through the website. The company donated $1.5 million to projects since February 2011.

Ray Valek, a spokesman for Horace Mann, said company agents have promoted the website to their clients.

“They’re quite aware that teachers are paying for a lot of stuff out of their own pockets,” he said.

Seventeen projects are listed for Alachua County classrooms, with teachers from Metcalfe, Rawlings, Wiles, Alachua, Meadowbrook and Irby elementary schools; Expressions charter school; and Gainesville and Buchholz high schools requesting donations.

For more information, visit www.donorschoose.org.

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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