My high school’s media center hasn’t had any funding in the past six years; students go down there to check out a book and find stuff like this:
I am not kidding. That book was written in 1975 and is in our freakin’ library today.
Every once and awhile, I mention my DonorsChoose projects. DonorsChoose is a great website where teachers can draft projects for funding through small donations. If you read a project and you’re of the mindset to give, you can kick a couple of bucks its way. I’ve had great success with the site, mainly in building my classroom’s lending library.
I’ve mentioned my own DC projects a few times here and have had an overwhelming response from readers who have enjoyed the comic and have donated a small amount to my classroom.
I don’t like to come to folks with hat in hand most of the time, but if you have enjoyed the comic in the past, this upcoming week (March 1st through March 8th) is the best time to donate. DonorsChoose is, for the first week of March, matching all donations made to classroom projects. If you donate $5 bucks… DonorsChoose will also pony up $5 bucks.
I have several projects currently available for funding. Several of them are comics-related projects. I won’t try to sell you on them here… if you click over to my Teacher Page, you can find out all about them and reasons why I think using comics and graphic novels in the classroom is one of the surest ways to gives students who are reading well below their grade level a chance to enjoy literature, some of them for the first times in their lives.
I will sweeten the deal for you thusly: Anyone who donates between midnight tonight, March 1st and March 8th gets a free original drawing from yours truly.
These limited edition drawings are suitable for framing and at 9.5 L x 4.25 W, fit easily in most business letter sized envelopes. They will be chockablok with doodles, sketches, and inked wonders, all from the fertile, imaginative mind of a teacher who greatly appreciates your support of his work, molding the young minds of tomorrow. There is no minimum to donate to earn this prize… I only ask that you do the following:
– When you donate over at DonorsChoose, leave some kind of testimonial so I know you donated. You can mention the comic, if you like.
– After you donate, e-mail me at email@example.com with your name and mailing address. I promise I won’t sell any of the addressed to unscrupulous junk mail vendors.
– Wait patiently by the mailbox for your “art” to arrive!
In all seriousness, if you’ve enjoyed the comic at all over the past few weeks, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider a donation. Your money doesn’t go to me, and it doesn’t go to running a website or buying new art supplies or anything… it goes straight to a school system where 80% of the students are on free or reduced lunch. Further, the books these projects will purchase will help young people for YEARS to come.
I hope you’ll consider donating. Thank you for letting me shill for my classroom today, and thanks in advance for all the times I will be doing it in the next five or six days.