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As for Roberts' fifth grade class, the tools used now will be around for future students and projects. As for Roberts' fifth grade class, the tools used now will be around for future students and projects.
Riverwood Elementary used DonorsChoose.org to receive about $50,000 worth of supplies last year alone. All of it was from donations from the public. Riverwood Elementary used DonorsChoose.org to receive about $50,000 worth of supplies last year alone. All of it was from donations from the public.
(WMC-TV) - Children across the country and in the Mid-South are getting thousands of dollars donated to their classrooms.

DonorsChoose.org allows people, businesses, or anyone else to donated to any project. Teachers are calling the results simply amazing.
   
Leslie Roberts is a fifth grade teacher at Riverwood Elementary in Cordova. Her students love using digital devices in her class.

"I've gotten digital video cameras, digital cameras, ipods. I've got the kindles. On the way, I've gotten literature circle books. I've got another project for literature circle books right now," she said. 

But she did not get the high tech supplies from the district, she got them through the website DonorsChoose.org. 

"My guess would be two thousand dollars worth of stuff?" she said. 

In fact, Riverwood Elementary used DonorsChoose.org to receive about $50,000 worth of supplies last year alone. All of it was from donations from the public.

"From kindergarten all the way through fifth grade and each of these are the packing slips of the materials that we've received in one year through DonorsChoose projects," said Riverwood Elementary Administrator Wendee Beller.

The donations do not arrive at the school. The money goes to the website that then buys the supplies. Those supplies then end up at the school, and the goods go directly into the classroom. 

"The teachers can respond and the children can respond to who donates and send 'thank yous' to them, and actually that's part of the whole process with donors choose," said Wendee. 

You can search by school, zip code, city or town on the website. Chances are your child's teacher or school is on there right now.

As for Roberts' fifth grade class, the tools used now will be around for future students and projects.

"Even though it started as a specific task it continues through the years right," she said. 

Click here to learn more about the website. 

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