We know that many of you pull money from your own pockets for school supplies, coats for your students, and food to keep kids fed over the weekends and breaks. In the wake of natural disasters you use your own dollars to rebuild your classrooms, your homes, and still provide a little extra for your students. In fact, the average teacher in America spends almost $500 a year on classroom supplies. We want to help!
Peary Good Works is a giving program designed to show our support for the extra good work that teachers do. The idea is simple: you tell us what you need and, if your project is selected, we’ll support you with a donation. Our hope is that this program will raise awareness around the gaps in school funding while directly helping teachers and students.
Here’s how it works
Every month we’ll award $1,000 to an educator-led initiative(s) via DonorsChoose.org.
To apply, simply:
Register and start a project at DonorsChoose.org;
Fill out the form below with a link to your project;
Keep doing your good work!
Our team will review the applications on a monthly basis and select a project to fund.
Tell Us About Your Project
What kind of projects are you looking for?
We’re looking for projects that have the biggest positive impact on students. That could be anything! Classroom materials, first aid kits, pillows for reading zones. If you need it, we want to know about it. The only thing we’re not looking for are requests for Pear Deck licenses.
Why use DonorsChoose.org instead of giving the money directly to teachers?
Because they’re really, really good at this! DonorsChoose specializes in funding classroom projects. They’ve mobilized donors to give more than $1 billion and fund over 1.7 million projects. They take care of the hard parts of giving including vetting requests, purchasing items, and shipping materials directly to verified schools and their commitment to efficiency and transparency has been recognized by Charity Navigator with their highest rating. Working with them makes it easy to give. Learn more about DonorsChoose.org.
Why not just make Pear Deck free?
We’d love to, but Pear Deck is a business. Because our team has specific talents, backgrounds, and interests, we’ve chosen to try to realize our vision by building the best possible tools for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate. To leverage classroom technology to give every student a voice and every teacher a window into their students’ progress. The money we charge to use Pear Deck supports over 50 people and their families and we’re super proud of that fact. We hope that the work we produce truly benefits teachers and students and that the value you receive from using Pear Deck more than exceeds what we charge. For more information about our approach to edtech, check out this post from Chief Educator, Michal Eynon-Lynch.