Kristen Jackson is the Director of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation and has dedicated her career to charitable fundraising and nonprofit advancement. She hopes that her daughter is taught by KDP educators when she begins school.
I can only imagine the frustration of our knowledgeable educators as they start planning the school year and struggle to meet their basic classroom needs. I’ve read the statistics reporting that teachers spent $485, on average, of their own money on school supplies, instructional materials, and other classroom resources in the 2012–2013 school year.* And, yet, the reality of the situation did not set in until last fall when I first started managing the KDP Classroom Teacher Grants program.
I’m not a teacher, so when I read a proposal for the purchase of flash cards to use in a classroom, I thought, wow, that’s a really basic need. I went on to read similar proposals with requests for highlighters, headphones, bookcases, mathematic kits, field trips; the list goes on. I was a little apprehensive thinking that we may be letting down our benefactors because we aren’t moving mountains by fulfilling these requests. How could meeting these needs enrich the learning capacity of a classroom?
Then something amazing happened: the grant reports started coming in. I received one from kindergarten teacher Denise McKenzie-Huffman of Vernal, Utah; it was the flash cards grant. Denise was able to purchase flash cards and interactive pens to engage her students with self-directed, independent learning in various settings in her classroom. I truly felt the joy her project brought to her classroom as she wrote about the excitement of her students and their eagerness to use the items. Denise was thrilled over the success of her Classroom Teacher Grant and shared with me, “As a new teacher who just moved to a new state to take my teaching job, funds were very short, and this helped tremendously. The best part is that I will get to keep using these resources year after year. Next year I will still be able to use the products purchased with the grant money.”
I am confident there are hundreds of KDP educators who, in mere seconds, could share how beneficial $125 would be in their classroom. Why not take a few minutes and submit your proposal today? Grant stipends are sent to recipients in early December to ensure implementation in the spring semester. Let us help you enhance the joy of learning in your classroom. Be creative and imagine the power you can harness as an individual teacher who transforms lives on a day-to-day basis. That’s the primary goal driving our Classroom Teacher Grants program.
Fifty grants will be awarded this fall, and your name could be on the recipient list just by submitting a short proposal. I encourage you to take ten minutes right now and help give your students the best possible education in the short time you have to influence their intellectual growth.
Learn more about Classroom Teacher Grants and how you can submit a proposal at http://www.kdp.org/educationalfoundation/classroomteachergrants.php.
*Statistic from National School Supply and Equipment Association 2013 study. Retrieved from http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nssea-study-finds-teachers-spend-16-billion-of-their-own-money-on-educational-products-for-their-classrooms-213139551.html