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How to Use DonorsChoose for Blocks Rock!

Learn more about DonorsChoose.Org and how you can use this platform to get learning tools like Blocks Rock! for your classroom for free.

DonorsChoose.org is a website thats mission is to “make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.”

Through the website, teachers create a request for their classrooms. DonorsChoose then vets it, and once it’s approved, it is posted as the teacher’s project. People can then fund these projects. Once a project is funded, DonorsChoose fulfills the order by purchasing the requested items and sending them directly to the school.

We believe that DonorsChoose.org is one great option for teachers and educators that want to get the learning tools they need for their classroom. Below, we’ll outline how teachers can build out a DonorsChoose request for Blocks Rock! and other learning tools. We’ll also be giving tips on how to make your request a success!

How to Use Donors Choose

Create your account

Once a classroom request is posted on the website, it’s called a project. Here’s what you need to do to create your project.

To kick things off, find the button on DonorsChoose.org’s homepage that says, “Learn how to get funded.”

On the next page, click “Get Started”.

You’ll be asked to create a teacher/educator account that has your personal address and your full name.

Next, you’ll be asked to find your school and select what your students call you. After that, you can click “Register & start my first project.”

Create your project request

Once you have your account, click “Create a Project” and “Get Started”. You’ll then be able to select your project type and save it and create a title. Once your project is named, it’s time to go shopping at the e-school mall! You can look through the tips DonorsChoose provides and search and go to a website to shop for materials.

If you're only adding items from DonorsChoose vendor directory, like Amazon Prime, your request will be considered a standard request. If you want items that aren't available through their directory, you'll have to create a "special request" that costs you DonorsChoose points. You can learn more about special requests here.

What’s one thing you’ll want to be sure to add to your cart? Blocks Rock! You can find us as part of DonorsChoose vendor directly since we're on Amazon Prime. This means we are considered a standard request. We’ve seen requests for Blocks Rock! that range from one game to over nine! You can make your request as small or as large as you want.

Make sure to save your shopping cart, and then it’s time to start writing!

Fill out your project request

Write your summary sentence about the request. Then move on to telling the story of your classroom and why you want to have this project filled. It’s important to really put thought into this area. Make sure to emphasize how much an impact these materials will have on your students!

When you’re finished, confirm the project, details, and submit!

If for any reason you need to edit your project once it’s live, you can learn more about doing that here.

Blocks Rock! Donors Choose Example

We’ve seen several successful Blocks Rock! requests get fulfilled through DonorsChoose.Org. Here’s an example of one project that is live as of March 2019 and is working towards being filled:

There are so many great things about this project, like how they highlight STEM learning, fun and healthy competition, and critical thinking.

You can see some other examples of Blocks Rock! on DonorsChoose.org by searching for us in the bar that says “search topics, teachers & school.”

Tips for Making Your DonorsChoose Project Successful

DonorsChoose.org gives several helpful tips on how to make your project a successful one! We’re going to outline their tips below, but you can find the full list by clicking here.

First, be sure to plan your project. When creating your project, be specific and strategic. Smaller requests are more likely to be funded. Projects under $200 have a 90% chance of being funded. You can also look for inspiration from other teachers on the website to help you craft your project. Lastly, check and see if there are funding opportunities like these match offers.

Write a strong essay. When you’re talking about your project, try to tell a story about why the project will help your class. As with any public essay, you’ll want to beware of using jargon and double check your spelling and grammar.

Get the word out. Your public DonorsChoose.org profile is a “one-stop shop to showcase your efforts.” Make use of it by sharing this with your network so they can see what you’re up to. You can also share your project via email and social media! Also, consider talking with other organizations you’re involved in like rotary clubs or school PTAs to see if they’d be willing to share your project.

Information for your Blocks Rock! DonorsChoose Project

Our website provides a variety of information on why you should have Blocks Rock! for your classroom. Please feel free to pull in any of this information as you write your projects.

You can find helpful thoughts on:

If you need anything else, please feel free to contact us at katie@blocksrock.com

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