Have you wondered if there is an alternative to Donor’s Choose? Well, there is! The company is called PledgeCents and was recommended by another teacher in the County Tech Subcommittee who had used it before. The cool thing about PledgeCents is that the funds are sent to the district and the teacher receives all of the money raised (minus their 3% fee, which is less than Donor’s Choose) regardless of whether your project was fully funded or not. AND you can spend your project in a variety of ways (not only from the approved vendors at Donor’s Choose). Also, they don’t use a point system.
They are fairly new and trying to get the word out, so right now, PledgeCents will donate $1.00 to my project for every teacher, school employee, or PTA/parent who creates an account with my code (cwhitmire327). That’s it! You don’t need to create a project or do anything else- in fact, you could just create an account, sign out, and never think about it again! But you would be helping to fund a project for our district and we would be so grateful!!!
Please consider creating a free account at PledgeCents with my code (cwhitmire327). Here’s how:
In case you’re wondering what my project is, I’m currently raising funds to host the first OUESD Kids’ Coding Symposium in the Spring- a tech conference by and for elementary students! The breakout sessions will be led by specially trained 5th and 8th grade girls, demonstrating that girls have a meaningful place in computer science as tech leaders! We’ll also be emphasizing accomplishments made my women in the STEM fields.
I’m hoping to raise enough funds to purchase at least 18 Sphero robots, 18 Makey Makeys, and any other hands-on tech tools I can get (as well lunch and some “swag” for the symposium participants, like stickers, t-shirts, etc.). Find out more about the Kid’s Coding Symposium here– and please spread the word! This is my Google Innovator project and it’s exciting to see it starting to come together!
Thank you for your help! Please let me know if you have any questions!
District Ed Tech ToSA, OUESD