DENVER, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading travel goods and school backpack retailer eBags announced today that it has teamed up with the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org to help support public teachers and their students in the back-to-school season. Founded in 2000 by a public high school teacher in Bronx, New York, DonorsChoose.org helps teachers bridge the gap between their students and the wider world by making it easy for anyone to support classroom projects.
eBags CEO Mike Edwards is passionate about what's happening around the country with DonorsChoose.org. "As the go-to source for school backpacks and a leader in the travel space, this is a truly meaningful way for us to give back to communities and help ensure that our next generation receives an excellent education. We are committed to donating $1 for each school backpack purchase on eBags.com during this peak back to school season."
Denver's McGlone Elementary, a historically low-performing school that had declining enrollment and high teacher turnover, credits DonorsChoose.org with helping them to turn their institution around. Not only do they rely upon their donors for basic supplies, they have also used it to launch a new Google Expeditions program—enabling inner-city kids to travel the world using disposable virtual reality goggles.
"For the most part, travel is pretty much out of their reach. These kids live an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park—arguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth—and they've never been," says George Moore, a technology teacher at McGlone. "When I started to explain to the students that you could go to the pyramids or the White House, it didn't occur to them that those options were available." Today, McGlone is enjoying the highest literacy growth in the state. A portion of the eBags funding will go toward expanding their Google Expeditions program.
Peter Cobb, eBags co-Founder, commented, "Helping elementary kids create their own journeys throughout the world through virtual reality is perfectly aligned with our mission and values as a company. We genuinely believe that travel creates better world citizens, so we're thrilled to be involved in helping these kids learn about the world beyond their doorsteps."
To date, DonorsChoose has raised more than $400 million nationwide, impacting more than 19 million students in 70,000 schools. In addition to donating $1 for every school backpack purchased during their busy school backpack season, eBags is launching a DonorsChoose.org landing page that encourages millions of their back-to-school shoppers to learn more about the non-profit's programs.
About eBags: With more than 17 years in travel and over 26 million bags sold, eBags is the leading online retailer of luggage, backpacks and accessories. The company is devoted to helping its customers find the perfect travel gear for any journey. Ranked a top luggage retailer in 2016 by Consumer Reports. eBags features 80,000 products from 800 brands, including TUMI, Samsonite, Kenneth Cole, Patagonia, The North Face and more. For more information, visit eBags.com.