With school budgets becoming tighter, District 91 administrators in Idaho Falls have come up with a plan. It's called, "Ten for Ed," and will give Idaho residents a chance to help their students and teachers excel through idaho gives. This is the first statewide 24 hour online charity marathon, where Idahoans will have an opportunity to donate to the charity of their choice. Summer Joy talked with District 91 officials to get the details on how this campaign can make a difference and how you can get involved.
"Every year the pressure amounts, more is taken out of the classroom and yet we are expected to teach them more. The standards get deeper and we're expected to go wider in that curriculum that we don't have in the classroom. Unless we pull in outside sources it's the child that is going to get hurt," said Tyanna Bischoff, a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.
The "Ten for Ed" campaign is trying to raise $10 dollars per student for improved education. The money will go towards buying books and supplies, which officials say will help lighten the burden on teachers and will help make up for the budget cuts while benefitting students.
The donations will also be used for field trips, teacher grants, and help fund programs like the one district, one book; where every child receives the same book, they will be assigned reading assignments and then the following day they will get a chance to express what they learned.
"Students start seeing how important reading is and that you can actually enjoy and love to read," said Kelly Coughenour, the Principal of Hawthorne Elementary.
Their goal is to raise $100 thousand dollars, which will then be matched by the Idaho Awards Give pool, totaling $200 thousand dollars.
"I think it will set a standard for Idahoans and what we believe in and support. On May 2nd there will be a board of directors meeting and we are all coming with our own credit cards and during that board meeting we ourselves will be donating because we believe in this cause and we believe in our state," said Tonya Bunnell, the Program Director for District 91.
"Put an interest in education right now and let's make that our top priority so that we can help raise leaders for the future and without putting money and interest into these kids we are not giving them the foundation that they need to go on and be successful in life," added Bischoff.
To help encourage and motivate people to give to their favorite charity, once every several hours, there's a golden ticket drawn and that person's cause will get an extra thousand dollars.
The marathon begins on May 2nd at midnight and goes till 11:59 p.m. and if you want more information on this or if you want to donate just go to www.idahogives.org