Google Surprises Seattle Area Teachers By Funding All Classroom Requests On Donorschoose.org

Major donation from Google fulfills 388 classroom requests for 295 teachers in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties

 

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that Google has fully funded the classroom requests of every teacher in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties on the education crowd funding site DonorsChoose.org. As a result of Google’s $338,000 donation, 295 teachers will receive materials for over 36,000 students – ranging from paper, pencils, and books to laptops, musical instruments, and microscopes.

 

“There’s no better way to start off the school year than with this surprise funding for our local teachers. This generous donation to our classrooms is greatly appreciated,” said Mayor Murray, who made the surprise announcement in front of teachers at Highland Park Elementary School.

 

On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and donors support the projects that inspire them.  Among the projects funded this morning were laptops and a tablet for kindergarten students at Highland Park Elementary, a new set of ukuleles for Springbrook Elementary School in Kent and mapmaking materials for Lowell Elementary in Everett.

 

“We know how important it is for teachers to have the right tools for their work,” said Darcy Nothnagle, public affairs and government relations manager of Google’s Western Region. “We hope that by funding these requests, teachers in our area can create the best opportunities for their students.”

 

“We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO ofDonorsChoose.org. “This is a great day for the Seattle area classrooms.”

 

On Monday morning, 388 projects were funded in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Google posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.

 

Over the past few months, Google has announced similar “flash funding” campaigns in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Austin, Kansas City, and Los Angeles.

 

In addition to their project funding initiatives, Google has also supported several DonorsChoose.org programs over the years, including a $5 Million AP STEM Access program, which launched over 500 new AP STEM courses at high poverty schools nationwide.