This month, Blogger is partnering with DonorsChoose and asking blog authors to sponsor challenges to raise money for schools. Teachers at schools around the country are able to submit proposals, which are then verified and posted by the DonorsChoose staff. I would like to support two projects that are particularly meaningful to me as a medical student going to a school in an underserved area.
The first project is proposed by a teacher in the South Bronx. She is trying to raise money to buy books for her inner city middle school students to help inspire them to do something big with their lives. The book, which is based on a true story, is called "We Beat the Street." It describes how three boys went from being underprivileged teens to practicing physicians. Even today, there is a shortage of physicians working with minority and low-income populations. Therefore, I am asking my blog readers to please help inspire this teacher's students to think about medicine as a career goal. The total amount of money needed to buy books for all of the students is $536.
The second project is proposed by a science teacher in rural Mississippi. She would like to buy a skeleton model to teach her low income middle school students about human anatomy. She has almost no supplies to use to teach science to her students. I don't know if she will be able to spark an interest in any of them to become future physicians, but I'd like her to at least have the chance to try. She needs $421 to buy the skeleton model.
Thanks so much to those of you who are able to contribute. Even if you can only give a few dollars, every little bit will help. Please click here or on the icon below if you would like to donate to either project in this challenge. To see how much progress has been made toward reaching the total challenge goal of $896 to fund both projects, you can also check out the thermometer in the side bar.