ATLANTA, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day, Google Atlanta today flash funded the classroom requests of every Greater Atlanta teacher on DonorsChoose.org, an online charity where teachers seek the resources their students need most. As a result of Google's $340,000 donation, 356 Atlanta teachers will receive materials for their 38,775 students -- ranging from alphabet tubs to trumpets to make-your-own-wind-chime activities.
"With two kids in the Atlanta Public School system, I'm inspired daily by the hard work of our local teachers," said Tom Lowry, Google Atlanta's Head of Office. "Today, we're excited to team up with DonorsChoose.org to say a big thanks to teachers and to support all their classroom projects in the Atlanta area."
Google's gift came as a surprise to Atlanta teachers, who use DonorsChoose.org to find donors interested in supporting their classrooms.
"We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "This is a great day for Atlanta teachers and students."
Materials supported include a karaoke machine for Mrs. Herndon's French students, pencils and markers to restock Mrs. Godard's Decatur classroom for next year, and interactive "boogie boards" for Ms. Sadler's Dunwoody fourth graders.
On Tuesday morning, 394 projects were funded in Cobb, Forsyth, Hall, Henry, De Kalb, Clayton, Fulton, Douglas, Gwinnett, Paulding, Coweta, Walton, Spalding, Cherokee, Barrow, Newton, Fayette, and Rockdale counties. Google posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.
This "flash funding" in Atlanta comes less than six weeks after Google funded every DonorsChoose.org project in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In addition to their project funding initiatives in Atlanta and San Francisco, Google has also supported several DonorsChoose.org initiatives over the years, including the AP STEM Access program, which launched over 500 new AP STEM courses at high poverty schools nationwide.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $238 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 11 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.