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Last year I had the honor of serving my sons' elementary school as PTA president. I've always known that committed and generous parents make a huge difference in the quality of my sons' education, but during my term as president, it really hit home just how little funding we get from the state. Our school district relies almost exclusively on donations to fund arts and music programs, classroom aides, and support services like counseling and special education. And to think we live in Silicon Valley, a place with no shortage of talented, high-income parents! Lucky as we are, we still need help -- and schools in less privileged areas need even more help.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to raise money for your school is to donate your children's gently-used, brand-name clothes to Schoola, an online consignment store that gives a portion of its proceeds (40%) to schools in need. Donating clothes to Schoola is a bit like donating them to Goodwill, except that you don't have to drive anywhere to drop off your Schoola donation (you request a donation bag, you fill it up, and mail it back to Schoola), and you get to specify who benefits from your donation. Your chosen school gets money for their programs, without the hassle of running a used-clothing drive. Don't forget, you can also shop at Schoola for your own kids, at a fraction of the retail price!
Join Schoola's 20 Days of School ProgramThere's more good news. For a limited time, when you donate to Schoola or shop on Schoola, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference to not just 1, but two schools -- your chosen school, plus one of three very special schools featured in Schoola's 20 Days of School program. Boggers all over the country (including me!) who were invited to "adopt" one of these 3 schools and help them raise additional funds to support their arts, music, or play program. The three schools are:
Yick Wo Elementary
Harlem School Playworks
All three are worthy schools doing great work in underprivileged communities, but I chose KIPP Academy in the Bronx, because they are looking to raise $25,000 to keep their music program running. Here's a little bit more about KIPP Academy:
My kids have benefited so much from their school's music program: The Pea is on her 4th year of playing flute in her school band, 3Po is on his second year with the cello, and Jammy will be starting the clarinet. They love music and they love playing their instruments, but I would not be able to afford private music lessons for all 3 of them. It has been shown time and time again that a musical education helps develop analytical abilities, math skills, and confidence in kids, and if I had my way, every single child in public school should have music classes.
Here's how you can participate in the 20 Days of School Program.
*shop on Schoola via this link:
For every transaction made through this unique link, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy.
*request a Schoola donation bag via this link:
For every person who requests a Schoola donation bag via this unique link, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy. BUT WAIT, THERE's MORE: when you donate clothes and fill out your school information, $2 of every $5 made will go back to that school you have chosen to support! It's a Win/Win for the KIPP Academy, and for your readers' schools!
The 20 Days of School program runs through August 16, so please spread the word, request a Schoola donation bag, and shop at Schoola!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.