How GoFundMe Helped Me Enrich My Students’ Summer
As a first grade teacher in an urban Boston public school, I know that summer can be a challenging time for many of my students who have parents working long hours.
I wanted to do something to help my kids and their families to have resources for fun, healthy activities to keep them busy and engaged while out of school, so I came up with the idea for “summer baskets.” I just needed a way to fundraise for the baskets, and that’s where GoFundMe came in.
GoFundMe gave me a platform to share more about my amazing first grade scholars and their needs. Donors from all over the country were able to feel connected to our classroom, and they really became like a family for many of us last year. Donations were above and beyond what I expected, and I was actually able to give students even more than I originally asked for because of the kindness of donors.
My students and their families were shocked and so thankful for the summer baskets. It was like a holiday for us—they were so excited and their eyes lit up when they saw the cool things they got to keep as their own! The students wrote heartfelt thank-you notes and talked constantly about our “GoFundMe friends” from all over the country.
I want other educators to know what a beautiful experience this campaign was, and how I would love to do it again soon. That amount of kindness and generosity is priceless for students to learn first-hand at such a young age.