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Crowdfunding Campaign: STEM Books for Literacy

A lot of teachers already use crowdfunding platforms like DonorsChoose or Indiegogo to fund their classroom ideas. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about them so I've always been hesitant to use it. A part of me is scared of failure. I'd hate to create a big social media campaign, inform parents, notify students, and share with my staff.....and still NOT meet my fundraising goal!

Do I have enough social media capital? Do people like me enough to invest into me or my ideas?! Lol! Then after you navigate the personal barriers of self-doubt, you have to decide on a platform. There's a LOT of them out there. Then most of them don't seem catered to an educator's needs. It seems like crowdfunding is more-so for people who want to pitch their ideas on SharkTank instead of teachers who want books and copy paper for their students. You got Kickstarter, CircleUp, Adopt-A-Classroom, GoFundMe....!

Then you have to consider how are the funds ACTUALLY used?! Does the organizer pay site fees out of the donation money? Is the money accessible for a limited time? If I don't reach the goal, is the money disbursed back to the donors...?? It's a lot to ask for money. ESPECIALLY as a man! Lol! People put a lot of faith into these projects and I don't want to fail their belief in me. So much of an educator's job relies on mutual hope, trust and inspiration...does that diminish if this project falls through?! I don't know.

Maybe I'm reading too much into things. It's only $500 right?! Lol! DonorsChoose will actually match a donor's contribution for the first seven days so I'm really going to push it this week! I've made the plunge!

Ultimately, it's not about me or my ego! It's all about the students! They need more diverse, relevant and engaging reading material and I'm going to try and get those resources for them! At least they know I care enough to try and get some goodies for them! That's what matters in the end right?!

***But it would be awesome if I met my goal too! Haha!

Check out my DonorsChoose project here: STEM Books for Literacy!

Any contribution you make will be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

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