MENLO PARK, Calif., March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoFundMe, the world's largest crowdfunding site, today announced that San Jose's Overfelt High School was the winner of the GoFundMe National Chromebooks for Classrooms Challenge, a fundraising contest to give nine high-need schools the opportunity to win 100 Google Chromebooks. As part of the contest, GoFundMe had said it would match up to $5,000 raised for each school, but today, the company announced it would be giving $5,000 to each school regardless of the amount raised.
As the winning school, Overfelt will receive 100 Chromebooks from GoFundMe in addition to the Chromebooks the school purchases using money from its successful fundraising drive. GoFundMe also partnered with School Specialty, a leading national distributor of school supplies, furniture and learning resources, to provide complementary Bretford Chromebook Carts for secure storage and charging.
"As Overfelt's success in the Chromebooks for Classrooms Challenge contest demonstrates, GoFundMe is a great tool to help teachers, school administrators and students raise money for education purposes," said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon.
GoFundMe, which has seen explosive growth in education fundraising campaigns on its platform, recently kicked off a companywide effort to make GoFundMe the go-to place for teachers, students, school administrators and parents who need to raise money for education. Each year, teachers spend approximately $500 out of their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classrooms. GoFundMe offers a better alternative to spending personal funds.
GoFundMe is an excellent resource for anyone in the education field looking for a fast and effective way to raise money for classroom supplies, technology, field trips, equipment, uniforms, instruments, competitions, college applications and tuition, PTA projects and much more. For more information, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/education.
The Chromebooks for Classrooms Challenge involved schools in some of America's largest cities where a majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The support they received will enable these schools to provide their students with the best possible education resources.
Other participating cities and schools included: Manhattan Bridges in New York, Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Martin Luther King in Philadelphia, Central High School in Phoenix, San Ysidro in San Diego, International School in San Francisco, T.C. Howe in Indiana and Reagan High School in Austin.
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