The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) today announced a new partnership with the national nonprofit DonorsChoose, an education crowdfunding site that helps teachers obtain financial support for classroom projects and resources.
"Our educators understand the unique needs of their students better than anyone," said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. "Through DonorsChoose, teachers are empowered to use that knowledge to obtain the necessary resources that help to turn their classroom visions into reality while providing them with the opportunity to strengthen their community relationships. We're grateful for this partnership and for the generous donors who are helping our schools become stronger, so that our haumana can thrive."
As one of the 111 members of the DonorsChoose District Partnership Program, HIDOE schools will be able to fully support teachers in the use of the platform, ensure safety and security, and align efforts with the Department's strategic priorities. Hawaii public schools will be able to monitor all donated materials, principals will be notified each time a project is funded and materials are shipped to a school, and administrators will receive early notification when there are new philanthropic funding opportunities for their teachers.
Since 2007, Hawaii public school teachers have raised $7.6 million and completed nearly 10,500 projects on DonorsChoose. Over 3,150 local educators have been supported through this program, impacting 282 public and charter schools in Hawaii. Projects funded through the DonorsChoose program vary from books, iPads and field trips to classroom furniture, STEM resources and other tools that support student success.
Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School is the top-funded school in Hawaii on the platform, raising nearly $300,000 to fund about 550 projects.
"Thanks to the generosity of donors through this program, our teachers have been provided with greater access to the tools and resources that they need to elevate student learning experiences," said Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate Principal Noel Richardson. "The resources that we have received so far — from STEM equipment and art supplies to musical instruments and books — have really helped to transform our classrooms."
Over the past 20 years, teachers at 83% of U.S. public schools have created a classroom project request on DonorsChoose.org. The crowdfunding site is the largest crowdfunding platform dedicated to public schools. Over 4 million individual donors, corporations, and foundations have given more than $875 million dollars to support school projects. DonorsChoose.org also has partnered with AASA, COSN, NAESP and NASSP to create toolkits that highlight best practices and considerations for district leaders, administrators and teachers.
For more information please visit: www.donorschoose.org/hawaii-public-schools.