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Crowdfunding site PledgeCents makes teachers’ dreams come true

Crowdfunding site PledgeCents makes teachers’ dreams come true


[Music] will we ever have a system where our educators getting paid what they should get paid and our resource are getting put into classrooms that they should be the goal is obviously to help as many students and as many teachers as possible and we’ve been fortunate enough to help now over a million students around the country [Music] in 2012 one my best friend since eighth grade Ricky Johnson and I we started come up with the idea of how can we do crowdfunding or get in this world of crowdfunding but towards something we’re passionate about we spent about a year to talk with a lot of our French educators and their students weren’t going on annual field trip because of budget cuts nor because the teacher had spent enough $3,000 out of his or her pocket we started playing around and created a beta site than that fortunately so our district looked at several options and chose to go with pledged cents anybody can be GoFundMe but pledge cents focuses strictly on funding educational projects and programs we referred to as bake sale 2.0 back when first started crowdfunding was big with Kickstarter in terms of education it wasn’t being used sisters had no idea what this man we’re used to knocking on door selling candy bars it’s kind of like that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and so we had to show them it is grow let us show you how broke it really is I’ve been using it from the time it started around five years ago got some classroom supplies Chromebooks I have a computer for every student in the classroom I got a 3d printer in my classroom I loved it it was amazing you know another educator in Spring Branch raised over ten thousand for taking the kids to DC eighth grade field trip the exciting pages are the ones that are not your traditional supplies the funds come through this for grant Education Foundation at the tax-deductible donation being an educator who creates a page they receive 97% of whatever they raise even if they don’t make a goal it’s always been so easy and so wonderful to work with pledged cents but it really came to surface for me when hurricane Harvey hit I think the the project that I am the most proud of is definitely Harvey just because I’m from Houston I picked up a phone I called Eddie Shea and I’ve said we’ve got to put something out there when to the computer got up and going we thought we could raise $20,000 before it was all said none we had raised $500,000 three pledge sets we were able to write a grant to the gray used to Community Foundation from the mayor’s fund and they were awarded this another 500 we identified eleven hundred and four families in Spring Branch that were affected by Harvey and we gave each one of those families nine hundred dollars in gift cards no we didn’t do with JJ Watt numbers by any means but we still got that same kind of feeling where schools from across the country we’re emailing me or on Twitter deeming me hey we want to do a car wash and we want to send the monies for grant but they’ve been able to do to help nationally you know other school districts all across the country it says a lot we’ve helped schools in Alaska and Hawaii we’ve helped schools internationally the biggest thing we want to do is open a dialogue up allow district officials allow government officials to see we’re thinking we’re funding education but let’s actually walk into a classroom and see what’s missing what’s going on regardless of whatever you know you do at the end of the day you’re giving back in a way that’s actually tangible and you can be proud of that [Music]

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