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September 26, 2018

Introducing Peary Good Works

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Pear Deck Team

We’re trying to do something a little different at Pear Deck, and it stems from our core vision for the world—people living inspired lives and engaging in the world with reason, honesty, and empathy.

We talk about this vision a lot at Pear Deck. What does it mean to live an inspired life? How can we personally engage in the world with reason, honesty, and empathy? As educators and people creating products for use in the classroom, what responsibility and opportunity do we have to develop these qualities in our students?  

What inspires us daily is the work that you are doing. The amazing, creative, heart-stretching work of helping children grow into rational, honest, empathetic people who are prepared to engage with the world. It’s an awesome responsibility. Guiding students through their coursework would be a big job, but we know that’s just part of what you do. Caring for students’ whole selves, their emotional, physical, and psychological well-being is no small feat.

We know that many of you pull money from your own pockets for school supplies, coats for your students, food to keep kids fed over the weekends and breaks. We know that in the wake of natural disasters you use your own dollars to rebuild your classrooms, your homes, and still provide a little extra for your students. According to survey findings released by the Department of Education, 94 percent of public school teachers said they paid for supplies without reimbursement and the average teacher spent $479. It’s not exaggerating to say that we’re humbled by what teachers do on a daily basis. And always, we wish we could do more to support you.

We want to help, even if it’s in a small way. So today, we’re launching a new program, designed to shine a spotlight on the extra good work that educators are doing and to do our small part to make things better.

Introducing Peary Good Works

Every month we’ll award $500 to an educator-led initiative. We’re working through DonorsChoose.org to administer these funds. If you have a project or there’s a need in your classroom we hope you’ll submit an application!

To participate, simply:  

  1. Register and start a project at DonorsChoose.org
  2. Fill out the form on the Peary Good Works page with a link to your project;
  3. Keep doing your good work!

Our team will review the applications on a monthly basis and select a project to fund. We’re looking for projects that have a positive impact on students.

Here’s what we hope happens with Peary Good Works:  

  • Good projects get funded
  • We can raise awareness of the hard work that teachers are doing
  • We shine a light on the issue of school funding
  • We create a simple, sustainable way to show our support for teachers and students  

To kick off Peary Good Works, we’ll be making a $500 donation to the Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to help teachers affected by the storm care for their students and restock their classrooms. (Thanks to Jennifer Walmsey @TchrWalmz for the suggestion!)  

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