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Peary Good Works

We know that many of you pull money from your own pockets for school supplies, coats for your students, and food to keep kids fed over the weekends and breaks. 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. In fact, the average teacher in America spends almost $500 a year on classroom supplies. We want to help!

Peary Good Works is a giving program designed to show our support for the extra good work that teachers do. The idea is simple: you tell us what you need and, if your project is selected, we’ll support you with a donation. Our hope is that this program will raise awareness around the gaps in school funding while directly helping teachers and students.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Every month we’ll award $1,000 to an educator-led initiative(s) via DonorsChoose.org.

To apply, simply:

  1. Register and start a project at DonorsChoose.org;
  2. Fill out the form below 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of projects are you looking for?

We’re looking for projects that have the biggest positive impact on students. That could be anything! Classroom materials, first aid kits, pillows for reading zones. If you need it, we want to know about it. The only thing we’re not looking for are requests for Pear Deck licenses.

Why use DonorsChoose.org instead of giving the money directly to teachers?

Because they’re really, really good at this! DonorsChoose specializes in funding classroom projects. They’ve mobilized donors to give more than $1 billion and fund over 1.7 million projects. They take care of the hard parts of giving including vetting requests, purchasing items, and shipping materials directly to verified schools and their commitment to efficiency and transparency has been recognized by Charity Navigator with their highest rating. Working with them makes it easy to give. Learn more about DonorsChoose.org.

Why not just make Pear Deck free?

We’d love to, but Pear Deck is a business. Because our team has specific talents, backgrounds, and interests, we’ve chosen to try to realize our vision by building the best possible tools for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate. To leverage classroom technology to give every student a voice and every teacher a window into their students’ progress. The money we charge to use Pear Deck supports over 50 people and their families and we’re super proud of that fact. We hope that the work we produce truly benefits teachers and students and that the value you receive from using Pear Deck more than exceeds what we charge. For more information about our approach to edtech, check out this post from Chief Educator, Michal Eynon-Lynch.

Need more information?

Write to us at hello@peardeck.com & put Peary Good Works in the subject line

Projects Funded

September 2018

Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund

Help teachers care for their students and restock their classrooms with materials like books, furniture, classroom supplies, technology, and therapy resources.

October 2018

Recycle, Repurpose, and Grow Vegetables

Help me give my students materials that will help us create our own soil, decorate and beautify our gardens, and allow us to repurpose plastic bottles, milk containers, and food waste to grow more plants.

November 2018

Hats and Scarves and Gloves for All!

Help me give my students warm gloves, hats, and scarves for this cold, Detroit winter! This project will provide over 200 students a new set each!

December 2018

Let’s Go Shopping!

Help me give my students play food and money to create an in-class shopping experience for daily living practice.

February 2019

Daily Essentials and Blessings

Help me give my students some essentials that they need to make their day successful. We can provide some refreshers to clean their bodies and clear their minds. All the items will directly benefit the students.

February 2019

Let’s Get Organized!

Help me give my students basic supplies including: printer ink, binders and divider tabs so that they can be more organized and successful!

March 2019

Collaboration Builds Knowledge!

Help me give my students flexible seating for collaborating in groups and vibrant color paper so that they can be excited to create visually stimulating student work, student work that can then be laminated for durability.

April 2019

Microbes, Bacteria, and Viruses- Oh My!! Part Deux

Help me give my students sturdy, working microscopes to help them explore microbes, mitosis, and other microscopic processes in a way that they have not yet experienced!