March is Hug-a-Teacher Month At Build-A-Bear Workshop(R)

The education cele-bear-ation will highlight some of the teacher projects supported by the partnership between Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation and DonorsChoose.org, which is an organization committed to bettering the lives of children across the nation by supporting public school teachers with funds for classroom projects. In just four months, this partnership has provided over $40,000 in project grants for public schools across the nation and helped fund nearly 4,000 classroom projects.

Introducing the month of cele-bear-ation for education, Maxine Clark said, “I was fortunate enough to have public school teachers who were amazing role models. They inspired and encouraged me to find my passion and follow my dreams. Great teachers are one of the reasons I am who I am today. Making a difference in the life of a child through education is a wonderful gift and a great way to give back to the teachers who made a difference for me. DonorsChoose.org supports and energizes teachers and our partnership with donorschoose.org is a great example of the power of WE.”

Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, commented, “Supporting teachers is a tremendous way to create new learning opportunities for kids in the classroom. Build-A-Bear Workshop has been a great partner and leader by helping us get the word out about our organization and by sharing its impact with others. In fact, since we began our partnership in November, awareness of DonorsChoose.org has grown and Build-A-Bear Workshop along with its virtual world, Buildabearville.com, have been the primary drivers of new visitors to our site.”

The recently funded “You have been bear hugged” projects, which were originally posted by teachers at DonorsChoose.org, include a grant to a third grade teacher in San Diego that will help students learn math skills and understand why math is important, even outside of the classroom.

Another grant will enable a group of fourth-grade students in Chicago to learn about weather patterns and the science behind weather. The students will create a weather station and use it to gain hands-on experience in how scientists hypothesize and collect data.

In Raleigh, a class of kindergarteners will use their grant to purchase an ant farm that will introduce them to the world of bugs – and to the observation techniques that will turn them into everyday scientists.

And in St. Louis, organic gardening is the focus of a project that will help students learn about living things and how they grow and change. Special grants will also be awarded to teachers in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Ft. Worth, Texas, Seattle and Boston.

No matter their contribution size, all donors are treated to a level of service normally reserved for established philanthropists. This includes meaningful choice, full accountability, and portfolio services. Whether making a contribution of $10 or $1,000, an individual can choose to support the specific project that he or she finds most compelling and know that their dollars were spent as directed.

Nationwide, DonorsChoose.org has enabled over $30 million in contributions to public school classrooms, and more than 1.8 million students have felt the impact of more than 115,000 generous individuals.

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