Want to Lend Your Support to Houston Public Schools? Here’s How!

Local Schools, Local Needs and Donors Choose both allow philanthropists to select their pet projects

September 27, 2012

Budget cuts and decreases in state and federal funding have made providing public school teachers with the materials they need to deliver a top-quality education more of challenge than ever—but finding ways to let the public support student learning just got a little easier, thanks to a new, web-based, non-profit organization.

  • Local Schools Local Needs, which was launched earlier this year, aims to connect people or businesses with time, money, materials, or expertise to share with the teachers in public schools who need them.
  • Donors Choose, meanwhile, has been enabling caring citizens and organizations to contribute directly to the classroom projects that appeal to them most for the past 12 years.

Both sites allow visitors to select projects based on a number of criteria, such as school district (a list of all HISD projects on Donors Choose is here), subject matter, location, keywords, cost, or even the number of days left before a request expires.

Dozens of HISD schools have already received thousands of dollars through these organizations, including Grady Middle School, which was able to purchase paint and brushes for Loren Gardner’s visual art classes this year, courtesy of the Starbucks Foundation, Kia Motor Company, and many other generous donors.

For more information, please click the links above. You can also look through a list of fully funded projects in HISD schools to get ideas.