Monrovia teachers turn to crowdfunding

Monrovia teachers turn to crowdfunding
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Mayflower Elementary’s Ashley Sanchez believes that this classroom will be more focused if they can meet their crowdfunding goals.

Some elementary school teachers in Monrovia have turned to crowdfunding to improve their classrooms and help their children succeed. The crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org currently lists three fundraising campaigns for three Monrovia Unified School District elementaries.

Bradoaks Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Ankeny launched her campaign on the website on Aug. 20. Her plan is to purchase MP3 players, which would be loaded with audiobooks and given to students having trouble reading. Technology is an essential part of giving kids the independence they need to learn at their own pace, she wrote on campaign’s description.

“These mp3 players will allow many of my struggling students the independence to pick up a book in my classroom library and enjoy it without needing to wait for an adult to help them,” Ankeny wrote.

Ankeny isn’t the only one with digital dreams. Fifth-graders at Wild Rose Elementary School may enjoy using Kindle tables for multimedia projects, if teacher Lindsey Marcos’ campaign is successful. Although all three projects are less than $300 from achieving their goals, Marcos still needs $256 to bring tablets to Wild Rose, as of Monday night.

But one project is taking a low-tech approach to improving education in Monrovia. Second-grade teacher Ashley Sanchez (at Mayflower Elementary School) believes that rowdy and inattentive children can be calmed by replacing their plastic chair with a balance ball, like those used for Pilates and yoga. With only 32 days left in her campaign, she needs $167 to meet her goal as of Monday night.

“My students come from a small town in which community is important,” Sanchez said. “Providing my students with the best learning environment possible is my priority.”

To donate to any of these projects, go to DonorsChoose.org. Each donation is tax-deductible. Find us on Facebook or on Twitter today! Also make sure to subscribe to our upcoming newsletter by entering your email in the sidebar. Enter early and you could win a free night at Hotel Constance in Pasadena!

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