Thursday, May 24, 2007

Loaning to Learn

A friend of mine whose wife is a teacher shared with me an interesting tidbit of information. School teachers (who are among the most underpaid members of our modern society) often end up spending their own money to buy materials for their classrooms. Perhaps you can give an adequate education using public funding. But I can understand how those who are driven to be great educators would be willing to sacrifice a bit to give their students a superior educational experience.

Let's help them out!

I ran across a great charity called DonorsChoose ( It allows teachers to submit project ideas that require funding, and donors can pick out specific projects that they wish to support. Brilliant!

We are also considering adding a special Teachers section to Loanables, whereby teachers can share these materials with each other, track who is borrowing what, manage security deposits for valuable items, etc. Watch this space for more news, and let us know what you think!

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