Alexandria teachers raise nearly $1 million in crowdfunding

The first day at school at George Mason Elementary School, August 21, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

With the new school year underway, teachers in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) are crowdfunding everything from iPads to basic teaching supplies.

Non-profit organization DonorsChoose gives teachers in ACPS a platform to discuss their specific material needs. One teacher led an effort to help students make better social media content, but many of the requests are for basic needs like whiteboards and construction paper.

In total, ACPS teachers have raised $986,601 in funding through DonorsChoose.

“DonorsChoose invited Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) teachers to create their own classroom wish lists, with all supplies designed to benefit student learning in the 2023-24 school year,” ACPS said in a release.

So far, 1,913 projects have been fully funded from 6,480 donors. The projects have benefitted 19 schools across ACPS.

According to Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt:

We are excited to be a District Partner with DonorsChoose. ACPS seeks to empower all students to thrive in a diverse and ever-changing world, and ensure they graduate ready for college, careers and life. Our partnership with DonorsChoose allows for broader support in our work to serve our students and redefine PreK-12 education as a deliberately inclusive and supportive experience where all succeed.