Each time a donation was made we added it to our chart and discussed place value. The students asked to see the gauge on this blog to see how close we were getting to our goal. Students would make comments such as, "That was generous of them." or "I am glad they care." as we had been focusing on character traits in class. The kids would even bring in money. Money they found in odd places, money they asked their families to donate and even money they earned instead of buying candy at the PTO store. They knew that that dollar, thirty four cents or even that one, wet penny helped push us closer to our goal.
Up to today the project has raised $828 dollars! If we reach $900 we will be able to purchase a whole class set of manipulatives, two digital cameras and two Flip Cameras. This would allow both 3rd grade classes to have all the tools they need for their math curriculum, but it would also give resources for all grades to be able to check out and use! If you have been following this project, been inspired by posts, laughed from the stories then please take the time to make a donation. Just as the students realized: Each little bit helps! What little bit can you give?
The donation account will be closed after Monday evening so this is your last chance to help kids understand and love the math that is all around them. It's easy! Just put the amount in the Google Checkout in the upper right hand corner. Then, it will walk you through the steps. As simple as that you will be making a difference in children lives!