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My appeal to you for Donors Choose 2012

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Our public education system is in straits. Regrettably we have to host fundraisers to get basic supplies and equipment to help many classrooms. For students in advanced grades or subjects, funds are needed to bring relevant science and engineering lessons to them. How can students from struggling school districts (both inner-city and rural) access rewarding jobs in STEM if they can’t get the requisite education to study these subjects post-high school?

I’m here for them; obviously many of you are here for them as well. So far with the help of 220 people, Science Bloggers for Students has raised over $16,000! Some people have donated to several campaigns. They are the champions of the this three week competition.

Headed into the weekend and my effort (The Urban Scientist Giving Page) has raised over $500! That’s half way to my goal: $1000 for.
There are SO many worthy projects and classes that need support. I know our East Coast friends are in the middle of some serious recovery. But if anyone is able to help this campaign (as well) then I hope, on behalf of the the dozens of Science Bloggers for Students, that you will.

Every donation you make goes to help a teacher bring exciting, engaging, and very needed learning activities to his/her students.

Let me highlight the projects I selected.

Mr. Estrada of Valley Alternative Magnet School in Van Nuys, California only needs $59 for his biology classes.
That’s just a little amount. I know academics get paid at the end of the month.  Even a few grad students could pool together $10 or $20 a piece and get this project funded. Hey, these could be your freshmen students in a year or two.

Ms. Dupee’s Science class of Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis, Missouri still needs to raise over $900 for her general science class.
Use the Match Code HORACEMANN12 when you donate to her class and your donation doubles (up to $100). We can get her over the top with 18 $25 donations that are matched by Horace Mann Foundation.

Mrs. Bober of Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, Missouri only needs $52 for her biology and physiology classes.
Use the Match Code HORACEMANN12 when you donate to her class and your donation doubles (up to $100). We can get her over the top with 1 $26 donation. Let’s make that happen, please. We could complete this project, right now.

Ms. Wallace of Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee needs $226 for her biology & AP biology classes.
Use the Match Code HORACEMANN12 when you donate to her class and your donation doubles (up to $100). Yes! 5 people – your carpool or you and lunch table buddies could knock this out. Like that!

I thank you very much for your support!

Please help me spread the word, too.

DNLee About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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