A Polytechnic Institute biology teacher wants $1,169 for an LCD projector.
An eighth-grade special-education teacher at Winston Middle School seeks $1,000 worth of graphing calculators.
And a teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School needs another $261 to have enough money to buy 60 copies of Time for Kids: World Report Edition.
“The eighth-grade students of Booker T. Washington Middle School in West Baltimore live in poverty with distractions all around,” the teacher wrote in a request for help. “They need your help to learn about our world and to stay connected with our global community!”
Hundreds of such pleas from Baltimore City public schoolteachers are posted on the Web site donorschoose.org, a place where parents and members of the public – from Baltimore and across the country and even the world – can fund public school projects that range from several hundred dollars to more than $1,000.
City officials launched their participation in the nonprofit Web site this week, though the site has already funded $60,000 worth of projects from 142 proposals from city schools over the past three months, according to Missy Sherburne, executive vice president of the organization. Another 300 projects are waiting to be funded.