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Washington DC Mayor’s Office Announces Partnership with DonorsChoose.org to Support Education Reform

Below is a press release that Washington DC Mayor Fenty and Deputy Mayor Victor Reinoso issued about our partnership. A big THANK YOU to the Mayor’s office for its support!
You can also hear Kate Hays, DonorsChoose.org Atlantic Deputy Director, talking to NPR about our efforts in Washington DC.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 19, 2008
Government of the District of ColumbiaExecutive Office of the Mayor
Washington, DC – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Deputy Mayor Victor Reinoso today announced a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, an innovative program designed to connect district teachers and students with local philanthropists. DonorsChoose.org puts individuals directly in touch with teachers seeking support for educational tools ranging from school supplies to field trips. Since the start of the school year, 28 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) have received over $137,000.
“I am excited about this partnership with DonorsChoose.org because it provides an opportunity for individuals to review teacher proposals, fund projects, and see firsthand, how exactly their money is spent,” said Mayor Fenty.
“This partnership encourages innovative teaching by providing a simple way to fulfill small, teacher-directed needs,” said Deputy Mayor Victor Reinoso. “This exciting opportunity will help bring more resources to the city’s teachers and students.”
DonorsChoose.org invites teachers to submit a proposal for school supplies and projects that support the healthy development of students. Individual donors can search teacher proposals on the DonorsChoose.org website by areas of interest, learn about the classroom needs, and fund projects that they find most compelling. Students and teachers have a direct connection with their donors and often send thank you letters along with photographs of the projects.
CONTACT: Dena Iverson202-727-6914 (office)
Below is a picture of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty:

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