Before checking out for the weekend, we like to spend each Friday highlighting one charitable crowdfunding campaign that enables our krowd to do some good in the world. Sometimes these crowdfundraisers include a drawing for an incredible reward or experience. Other times the only reward is the satisfaction of knowing that you helped someone in need. If you come across any campaigns that you believe need to be funded, let us know and we may feature it.

It’s not even September yet, but the weather has already started to cool off, pumpkin flavored everythings are popping up on grocery store shelves, and college football is on TV. People, fall is here. While I now welcome Autumn with open arms, that wasn’t always the case. When I was a child, the onset of fall primarily meant the end of summer, which meant that I had to go back to school. Yes, seeing what friends were in your class on the first day of school was fun and exciting, but by the end of the first week I always longed for those carefree summer days again.

Yet occasionally, I would luck out and get one of those teachers that make you excited to come to class everyday. These extraordinary teachers are the ones that inspire children to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams. They ask for little in return and we often take them for granted. But with school budgets and teacher wages remaining low despite the recent economic recovery, their job just keeps getting more difficult. Many teachers are now forced to use a portion of their own paychecks to buy learning materials for their students. Now, thanks to DonorsChoose.org, we can help out.

Teachers can go to Donors Choose to ask for funding for things such as new books, art supplies, updated technology, and even field trips. Take for instance Ms. Taylor, who teaches at a Title I elementary school in Charlotte, NC where 85% of the children are on free or reduced lunch. With just $500, she could provide her students with 100 leveled and guided non-fiction books that will allow her students to research topics that they are interested in with materials that are tailored to their individual level of learning.

The school year is just starting in most areas of the country, so why don’t you head on over to DonorsChoose.org and use their local search function to find some teachers near you that need a little help to make their students excited to come to class each and every day? Interested?

Donate here.