Donors Choose a STAR!

Over the past year I have heard a lot about the website, where their tag-line reads “Teachers ask. You choose. Students Learn” It’s a great website where teachers can create their own project proposal that includes what resources will be needed and donors can log on and fund the technology needed in classrooms across the nation.

I couldn’t have been more excited to learn that one of our very own DEN STARs, Martha Rougeux, had her “Lights, Camera, Education: Going Green with Digital Media” $578 project fully funded in a month!

Here’s a brief excerpt from her submission:

The next Steven Spielberg and Rachel Carson are sitting in my classroom disguised as twelve year olds from the projects…. Half of my students are bilingual and one-third receive special education support… All of my students are gifted, they just don’t recognize the fact… They are digital natives and technology is the language they speak fluently, read perfectly, and communicate in with ease. So I try to engage them daily through the integration of technology into my instruction.  Whether it is streaming a video segment from the Internet or flying around the world in Google Earth, my students are engaged when I speak their language

Martha goes on to describe how the AFI curriculum found on Discovery streaming will help engage her students by utilizing technology to build upon their language arts and science skills.  To complete her project she needed 4 digital video cameras… and now she has them!

To learn more about Martha’s story you can see her and her students on the evening news by clicking this link!  (

After you watch that… log on to and create your own submission… be creative and innovative and let us know how it turns out!

Congratulations to Mrs. Rougeux and all of her hardworking students!  We can’t wait to see their projects!


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  1. Susan said:

    Congrats on your funding! I listed a project in 2006 and now have 37% funded that I hope to have fully funded before it expires in October. Wish me luck!

  2. Karen C. Seddon said: is the most efficient, proficient and magnificent gift to teachers. We are slowing introducing it to our teachers in Central Florida and have already had five projects fully funded! The part for me that is most amazing is that it also encourages other to become Citizen Philanthropists. I was able to challenge our teachers to create proposals with an incentive to donate myself. I am so impressed with the follow up from I’ve received thank you notes, email notifications of projects in our area and even pictures from the teacher’s classrooms that were funding by my Citizen Philanthropist donation. What a blessing it is to have this coordinated effort of teachers and those who love teachers! It’s definitely DEN materials. Go for it!

    As always, I am
    Ubiquitously yours,

  3. Teryl Magee said:

    Way to go Martha! Congrats and can’t wait to see what your class does. How I wish we had Donors Choose in Tennessee.

  4. Teryl Magee said:

    Okay…last time I went to DonorsChoose it wasn’t available in Tennessee. Looks like we’ve got the option now! : )

  5. Linda said:

    This is a very exciting blog to read, and I can’t tell you how great it is to hear of so many wonderful experiences.

    I have the pleasure of working for and wanted to quickly respond to Teryl Magee’s post wishing that were in Tennessee. As of this fall, our program opened to serve all public school teachers across the United States. So no more wishing needed… log on today to post your project and please help us spread the word to even more teachers!

    Thanks and all the best of luck –
    Linda Erlinger

  6. Cathy Gentry said:

    DonorsChoose was introduced to our faculty last year and we have found it to be very easy and highly successful. We have a faculty of 40 teachers at our small rural school and we have had 8-10 projects funded this past year! Everyone is very appreciative of this wonderful opportunity.

  7. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Congratulations Martha. It’s wonderful when the community can see all the great things that are happening in the classroom and offer financial assistance to turn a dream into a reality.

  8. Kathy said:

    A colleague at Coloma Middle School in Coloma, Michigan recently had her request granted as well…a class set of the book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”…Not only that but somehow the author found this out, contacted our school and offered to visit…we were so excited!!!Too bad the day came and we had a snow day and we’re working to reschedule…What a wonderful opportunity for teachers and students!

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