FBB members adopt six underfunded classrooms


 adoptacMany thanks to the nearly 100 Foundation members who sifted through proposals from underfunded classrooms in impoverished areas around the U.S. to help us choose our minigrant recipients, as well as the hundreds of members who contributed to Adopt-a-Classroom, our Education beneficiary in Q4. 

“It was so difficult to choose,” said one of our members. “The need seems overwhelming.” Others, including several current teachers, gave valuable insights and opinions regarding the best use of the funds. And more than one member commented on the broken educational funding system in the U.S. “It’s heartbreaking that private citizens have to consider supplying what should be covered by public funding,” said one. “Keep up the good work.”

Eric M, a high school science teacher in Newark NJ, will receive $400 for hands-on science materials. Elianna L, a sixth grade English teacher in the Bronx NY, will receive $400 for books and basic classroom supplies. Darlease M., a middle school science teacher in New Bedford MA, wants her classroom to have subscriptions to several science magazines, for which we will provide $160.

Tracey D, a second grade teacher in post-Katrina Baton Rouge LA, needs “almost everything” to bring her classroom up to basic standards. We will provide $400 to help her out. Connie T, a fifth grade teacher in Robstown TX, needs magazines and updated nonfiction texts for her students and will receive $200 for that purpose. And Aimee W, another high school science teacher in Newark NJ, needs basic equipment so her students can do experiments, and we will provide $400 to make that happen.

These grants are in addition to the $1,960 raised for Adopt-a-Classroom itself to keep this invaluable resource alive and well.

Each of the classrooms will report on the use of funds, and we will bring those reports to you. Thanks again for making a huge difference for these teachers and students!

Dale McGowan

Executive Director, FBB