The New York City school system is taking a unique approach to fundraising this holiday season. The city is using a new web site to solicit a "wish list" of donations via the internet--and nearly 70 percent of the city's schools are using the service to ask for computers, network devices, and technology assistance.

The Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (PENCIL) Resource Bank is a warehouse of donation needs for the city's 1,136 public schools. The database was created a year ago when PENCIL discovered that many of the schools' needs--supplies, equipment, and...

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