Goodreads Voice: Adopt-A-Classroom

By Goodreads Staff | Published Jan 02, 2013 02:12PM


Every year American teachers cumulatively spend an estimated $1.3 billion of their own money on student resources not covered by the school system—from basic school supplies, such as paper and pencils, to essentials like toilet paper, warm clothes, and food. Adopt-A-Classroom connects these underserved students with donors who are willing to help. Visit the site to browse for classes in need—you can search by grade level, poverty level, or simply find a school near you—and the teacher will receive 100 percent of your donation to spend at affiliate vendors online. Adopt-A-Classroom's administration is financed entirely by direct contributions and a percentage of its vendors' proceeds. Donors also receive a personal report and the opportunity to visit the benefiting class, cultivating many lasting relationships with teachers and students!

To date, Adopt-A-Classroom has facilitated the adoption of more than 84,000 classrooms and benefited 3.6 million students.



Tags: 2013-january and do-good

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message 1: by William (new)

William sawyers I like this idea since I'm a school custodian 25 years I know many teachers that buy things them selves.
Since I'm a published author as well maybe I could help out a little with my next book. William sawyers


message 2: by Keri (new)

Keri What a wonderful idea


message 3: by Connie (last edited Jan 05, 2013 04:29AM) (new)

Connie I love this idea! Having worked in a California school district I saw firsthand how even children on free meals are hungry not having eaten the night before and arriving at school late. Teachers feed these students as well as buy all their personal school supplies and those for the classroom. Their budgets are only about $50-100 per classroom for the entire year. Many teachers buy their own classroom libraries and manipulatives. Art programs and supplies are all but extinct at many schools. This is especially difficult for teachers just out of college with their own young families. I wish I could donate more.
Let's help our future generations thrive!


message 4: by Diana (new)

Diana This is such a fantastic idea that I'm sharing it on Facebook in the hopes that more people will contribute.


message 5: by Christine (new)

Christine Keleny Thanks Goodreads for promoting this worthy cause.


message 6: by Msmerricat (new)

Msmerricat I remember shopping with my grandmother for her classroom when I was a child. In that time she used to get a check from the school system for 3 or 400 dollars. I remember the year it dropped drastically and I remember her putting her own money in to cover the difference. She didn't 'have money' so I know this has a hardship for her. She loved her little first graders and she wasn't going to see them shorted.
When she died last year at the age of 98 one of the people who posted on her guest book at the funeral home website was a former student. Seems that nanna had provided this girl with quite a few different needed school items. When this girl, well woman now, itemized the things she found on her desk at school I knew I had been part of that shopping trip. I remember it because nanna had bought a few things that were not the usual purchases and that is because one child was receiving them.
I have wanted so much to do something in her memory and I think I have found the thing to do. :) Teachers are the backbone of our society. Who spends more time with our kids than we do? Teachers. They deserve all the help they can get.


message 7: by Angelique (new)

Angelique As I no longer teach in the public classroom, I have classroom sets of books I will donate, if given the information. Most are 5th or 6th grade levels, maybe higher. Several are about the holocaust. I will share with needy teachers.


message 8: by Reliable (new)

Reliable Wonderful idea. Hope and pray it will be successful.


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa What a wonderful program! I find this very encouraging.


message 10: by Mrs. (new)

Mrs. This is a wonderful source. Thanks for letting us know and I will certainly do my part in helping.


message 11: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Brandt I am doing 26 acts of kindness, one for every victim of the recent school shooting. Then I saw this program. Talk about a perfect act of kindness, I am making a donation to this wonderful cause. Also because I see my best friends, a teacher, buy supplies with her own money very year and feel that has to stop.


message 12: by Gina (new)

Gina I donate to several classrooms on Adopt-a-Classroom. It's a great charity. Most of us here on Goodreads love reading and the joy and freedom that it gives us. It's always great to be able to pass that love on to kids to grow the next generation of readers.

Unfortunately, schools have had massive budget cuts over the past several years. I've been disheartened to learn that several schools don't have libraries (can you imagine?). Teachers spend so much money out of pocket not only to build classroom libraries but for basic supplies (the recession of the past several years means kids are going to school without backpacks or basic supplies like paper or pencils in addition to going to school hungry).

Adopt-a-Classroom allows you to build a relationship with teachers and communicate through emails to ask questions or check on the progress of the class or their current needs. This year, I sent personally selected books to the kids for Christmas so they would have stuff to read at home (a lot of kids grow up with little to no books in the home - you don't realize how privileged you are until you realize that kids are freaking out at the sight of 25-30 books because it's more than most of them have seen).

Even if you don't think that you can make much of a difference, donate and spread the word. You'd be surprised at how far even a small donation like $50 can go in a classroom. Convince friends & family to donate and you can make a bigger donation. $100 can put up to 20 books in a classroom and make the difference between a child who hates reading and one who falls in love with it.


message 13: by Mary (new)

Mary I teach second grade in a small school district in a middle class area. We have poor families but very well-off ones as well. Because of changes to school funding and drastic cuts in per pupil spending from the state, we are in dire financial straits. For the past 5-6 years I have received $125 to buy classroom supplies (construction paper, paint, pencils, writing paper, glue, scissors, chalk, etc. This does not include textbooks since those are supposed to come out of our curriculum budget, such as it is). That's $5 per student. Every year we send home a list of school supplies we ask the parents to send in. Every year I read about people complaining that the school demand they send these supplies. Well, we can't demand-we are legally obligated to provide supplies for all our students. We are grateful when families send these things. I usually get about two thirds of my class bringing things and the rest I supply. I also buy manipulatives, books, and many other items to supplement the curriculum. Our PTO supports us, our principal manages to find extra bits of money here and there. We sell bagels every week and that helps out. We have a recycling bin in the parking lot and are paid by the company for every bin-full. I am happy to read about this program. So many schools are in much worse shape. I will contribute and post of Facebook too. The real sadness is that schools are forced to resort to soliciting online charity and selling bagels in order to provide good service to our children.


message 14: by Amit (new)

Amit Goda its really really a nice, fine and superb work


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