Thank You Notes from Mr. O’s Class

We just received our Thank You notes from Mr. O’s class for sponsorship of a project through Donor’s Choose.

Project: Cleaning Up The Court

Project Description by Mr. O:

“My students come from one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States. They represent a multicultural, diverse, urban population. Most qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and a large percentage is classified as “Special Needs” or “English Language Learners”.

My goal is to create a tennis squad that is open to every student. By doing so, I hope to unite all of the students on campus through sports; to offer promising young athletes an opportunity to participate and learn through team-work and competition; to provide a safe and supportive environment to improve self esteem; and to provide a means for students to become more involved in school-wide activities that will promote success on and off the courts.

Presently, I run an after-school tennis club designed to teach promising young athletes the skills necessary to eventually compete at tournament levels. In order to make my students competitive, they need well maintained courts. Since most of the New York City school will face budget cuts of up to 20%, our campus cannot afford to hire others to keep the courts in optimum condition.

With the right equipment, our own students can do the job. With your help, we could purchase brooms and squeegees to keep the courts clean and dry. Together, we can give these students a chance to play tennis at a competitive level.

And with a little luck, winning games now may lead to winning college scholarships later. The lessons they learn on the tennis court (like team-work, perseverance, and self-esteem) will last a life time and serve them well as they pursue college and professional careers.

Please help me to help those most in need. Help me get our promising young athlete on the road to success.

My tennis students need court-drying supplies, including an EZ-Dry unit with replacement roller, brooms and a squeegee.”

Letter from Mr. O after the project was funded:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

Thank you all for funding this project and supplying my students with the tools they will need to clean-up our tennis courts.

Your generous gift will provide my students with brooms and squeegees that will allow them to take care of their our courts and foster a sense of responsibility and pride. Now we will not have to rely on the grounds-keeper. We can ensure that the courts are ready whenever we need them.

Again, thank you on behalf of myself and my students.

With gratitude,
Mr. O.

Letters from Students:

Previously received Thank You packages.

Thank you notes from Ms. A’s Class

We just received our Thank You notes from Ms. A’s class for sponsorship of a project through Donor’s Choose.

Project: Help Us Minimize Student Distractions During Important Tests

Project Description by Ms. A:

“I am a fourth year teacher working at an inner city school with very few resources. The school is a great community filled with teachers who extend themselves everyday to give much needed help to their students. I consider myself to be one of these teachers. I come to school early and stay late to work with my students and work on my classroom so that the hours spent in the classroom is enjoyable as well as educational. The students at my school come from very poor families. 10% of the students are homeless and all of the students in my class receive free breakfast and lunch. For many of these students the meals that they receive at school are the only meals they receive all day. I play the role of teacher and parent to many of my students and do everything within my means to help them.

I currently teach reading to students in 6th-8th grade. We are constantly taking various forms of assessments in order to guide my instruction and what students are mastering. It is crucial for me as a teacher to know what a student has mastered and what they need more practice on. However, my classroom is very small and students are packed in tightly. This leads to a common problem in a small classroom setting – wandering eyes. With only 50 minute periods it takes too long to put desks in rows and even when putting desks in rows it is still too easy to accidentally spot another student’s paper. I really want to be able to get an accurate picture of what a student knows through the assessments they are given. Dividing partitions are a great solution to this problem. They can quickly and easily be placed on each student’s desk and can prevent wandering eyes. This will really help ensure that I know what each individual student has mastered and can significantly impact the effectiveness of my teaching and what students are learning.

I know that getting these dividing partitions will motivate my students to stay on task during tests and help ensure that I am getting an accurate picture of their mastery on various topics.

Please help my students become better readers and students!

My students need 40 privacy partitions to help during test taking. “

Letter from Ms. A after the project was funded:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

Thank you so much for your generous donation to our classroom. We have a lot of students crammed into a small space and it is so easy to get distracted. I am looking forward to using these dividers in my classroom during times when students need to focus on their own work and during valuable testing time.

I know that these dividers will help ensure productive learning and proper assessment that can drive instruction in my class. This will make the learning in my class more productive and could not be accomplished without your generous donations!

With gratitude,
Ms. A.

Letter from Ms. A. after the project was completed:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

Thank you very much for your generous donations! I used the privacy partitions yesterday when were taking a reading test and it was great! The students LOVED them! They asked that we use them all the time because it helps them stay focused during class. I was shocked to see how much they enjoyed using the dividers! They are really going to help us stay focused and increase learning. Without your generous donations this learning opportunity would have never been possible. Thank you again for your donation!!

With gratitude,
Ms. A.

Letters from Students:

Previously received Thank You packages.

Thank you notes from Ms. F’s Class

We just received our Thank You notes from Ms. F’s class for sponsorship of a project through Donor’s Choose.

Project: Sock Monkey Fans Need Sock Monkey Books

Project Description by Ms. F:

“I teach an amazing group of second graders in a Title 1 school in New York. Our class has a vintage sock monkey collection and my students absolutely love them! We posed in our class picture with our monkeys! They are a big part of our class identity.

Ron Warren is the world’s biggest sock monkey collector. He has over 2,000 sock monkeys. Arne Svenson is a photographer who is photographing Ron’s sock monkeys. They are going to visit my class in the spring.

I would love for each of my students to be able to have a copy of Ron and Arne’s book, Sock Monkey. It is a photography book that highlights some of Ron’s favorite sock monkeys. We love looking at it in class. I know that the book would be a memorable keepsake of a once in a lifetime visit. The book will also be a reminder of the time that they spent together in second grade.

Your donation will ensure that my students will be able to have a book that they will cherish forever.

My students need 22 copies of the book “Sock Monkey” by Ron Warren and Arne Svenson.

Letter from Ms. F after the project was funded:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

Thank you immensely for your generous donation. My students will adore their sock monkey books! Sock monkeys have played a big role in our classroom and this particular book is a huge hit in our room. I know that they will always cherish this book as a reminder of our class as well as a reminder of the incredibly enriching visit from the man with the world’s largest sock monkey collection and the photographer who photographs the monkeys. Our sock monkeys have provided a lot of levity and laughs. Thank you so much for donating these books to my class. They were beyond overjoyed when I told them that we had been funded. Thank you for understanding the role that classroom community and fun plays in the classroom. Your kindness is extremely appreciated.

With gratitude,
Ms. F.

Letter from Ms. F. after the project was completed:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

I told my students today that I was going to give out the sock monkey book at the end of the day. Many of them asked me multiple times about when I was going to give the books out. When I finally gathered them to the rug to give them their books, they literally looked like they were going to burst with excitement. I set aside 15 minutes for them to look through the books and I wish you could have seen how ecstatic they were. They are beyond thrilled to own this book and they are super excited about getting a visit from the photographer and the owner of the sock monkeys in the book. My favorite question was, “Wait, we get to keep this book forever and ever?”

I know that my students are going to adore looking through this book to find their favorite sock monkeys. I hope it is something that they carry with them into adulthood as a way to remember second grade.
Thank you for your very generous donation and thank you for putting a smile on my students’ faces. This book will add lots of smiles and levity to their lives. Donors like you are my heroes.
Once again, thank you for bringing joy to my class.

With gratitude,
Ms. F.

Letters from Students:

Previously received Thank You packages.

Thank you notes from Ms. R’s Class

We just received our Thank You notes from Ms. R’s class for sponsorship of a project through Donor’s Choose.

Project: Our Books Desire a Home!

Project Description by Ms. R:

“I teach English to 8th grade students in an extremely urban area. We strive to culturally diverse and draw students who desire to become scholars, activists, and creators. As a charter school, we are limited in our funding and, unfortunately, have few classroom supplies and materials.

This past year, my students and I have been working to create a classroom library with books that attract adolescents. We have searched through second-hand bookstores and $1 library sales to find as many age-appropriate novels as possible. Unfortunately, we currently do not have a place in our classroom to house the fruits of our labor.

My students and I are asking for bookshelf so that our books will have a designated and accessible area in our classroom.

Your donation will help ensure my students that their hard work this year had a reason. Although many will be graduating in a few weeks, they understand the importance of leaving a legacy for the upcoming eighth graders. This could be their legacy!

Letter from Ms. R after the project was funded:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

What a wonderful surprise to know that there are people in this world dedicated to helping improve the education of students they do not personally know. Your donation has made it possible for my students to have an actual, working library in our classroom. I am so excited to know that the novels will finally be able to be classified by genre and be on display for all students to access.

Thank you for you support. I hope you continue to visit this website and see the many worthwhile projects posted by teachers.

With gratitude,
Ms. R.

Letter from Mrs. Z after the project was completed:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,

Words cannot express how amazed we are that total strangers are invested in our education. As a California charter school, we are currently facing extreme budget cuts. Donations, now more than ever, help supplement and enrich the learning of all my students. Through donorschoose.org, we have received numerous supplies including novels, personal whiteboards, hardcover blank books for student-created storybooks, a LCD projector, and art supplies. This September, I was pleased to find out that my “Give-back Birthday” site received the third highest amount in donations. I am still overwhelmed by how giving generous donors, such as yourself, can be.

More specifically, thank you for the bookshelf to house our novels. My students love being able to quickly find novels they are interested in because the books are finally organized by genre. Moreover, I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of students staying after school and simply “hanging out” in my bean bag corner. In reality, they are actually choosing from a variety of our novels and reading! On a more personal level, I have also seen many of my past students coming back to my classroom this year to talk about their experiences in high school. This past week, a past student came in and requested a recommendation for a novel to read. After handing him my most recent Dan Brown, he flopped down on a bean bag and read for over an hour. This coming from a student who hated reading while in my classroom!

Again, thank you for your donation. I hope you continue to visit this superb website and consider donating to the many worthwhile projects posted.

With gratitude,
Ms. R.

Letters from Students:

Previously received Thank You packages.