Throughout this first month of school, I have mentioned to students that I am always seeking funding opportunities such as contests, crowdsourcing, and grants. This year alone, I have already submitted applications for at least three different grants. I have already heard that my Portland Area Education Fund grant has been approved, another grant from the Meemic Foundation for money to spend at our Scholastic Book Fair will be announced within a couple of weeks, and the final active grant proposal through Farmers Insurance in conjunction with Adopt a Classroom, is one that requires public voting throughout the month of October.
This is the first time I have submitted a proposal through Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teachers, so I’m uncertain exactly how many total grants will be awarded, and whether or not the awards are based solely on the number of votes received. However, given than we have the month to vote, I’m guessing that the greater number of votes received, the better!
We have the opportunity to be awarded $2500 as early as November!! That means a direct benefit to your child this school year! The proposal I submitted was to add 10 Chromebook computers to our classroom to be used on a rotation model for students to implement blogging as a form of authentic writing as well as venue for reflecting on their reading. Additionally, I would like our class to participate in a Global Read Aloud (GRA) project where we connecting digitally with other classrooms around the world by reading and discussing a common text. Finally, a portion of the funding would be used to purchase books for the GRA and to fill our classroom library with books the beg to be read!
How can you help?
- Visit ThankAmericasTeachers
- Search for “Cornwell”
- Log in with Facebook
- Click Vote
- Check out other proposals and vote for those you find most inspiring
- Repeat daily throughout October!
- Share this post and/or the voting link!
This is a national endeavor, so votes from across the country will count. I know I plan to share our goals and encourage my family in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, and Maine to cast their votes as well! The only rule that I’d like to point out specifically is that voters must be at least 18 years old, so students – NO VOTING! We want to play by the rules and not be somehow disqualified! Encourage your parents, grandparents, and other eligible friends and family members to vote since you can’t.
Voters do need to have a Facebook account and for questions about why that is or concerns regarding the use of data, feel free to see the responses to FAQs here.