Update 9/2/17: All available funding for this offer has been applied to eligible projects, and new donations will no longer be matched. We'll update this page if any additional funding becomes available!
An anonymous donor is currently matching donations to projects that serve students who are new to this country, or teach all students about the immigrant experience.
Here’s how to qualify:
- Create a project with a total project goal of $2,000 or less (that’s about $1500 in materials)
- In your project essay, be sure to explain how the resources you’re requesting will address the needs of your ESL or ELL students or your students from immigrant or refugee families
- If you don’t work with any students from immigrant families, explain in your essay how you’ll use the requested resources to teach your students about the immigrant experience
If your project meets the criteria above, you’ll see a match offer applied as soon as it’s live. New donations will be matched while funding lasts.
Student Life Essentials for Students Who are Immigrants
Refugees and Newcomers Need Hygiene and Grooming Basics | Chicago, IL
“We have one of the highest refugee student populations in the nation. My students and their families struggle on a daily basis because they lack essential items such as food, clothing and personal hygiene necessities.”
My New Country Has Some Seriously Cold Weather | Minneapolis, MN
“All of our students are newly arrived immigrant and refugees. The vast majority have never experienced a cold snowy winter. Minnesota winters are definitely cold and snowy and are often downright dangerous if you do not have the proper winter gear. Many students don't understand the severity of the effects of waiting at the bus stop or walking outside for a long time. They show up to school without hats and gloves. In some cases, they don't show up to school because they don't have these items and don't want to go outside.”
Making School a Welcoming Place for New Americans
African Drums for Refugees | Cleveland, OH
“The students who will benefit from this project are refugees and immigrants from over fifty countries around the world, including Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Congo, Somalia, and Tanzania. They are experiencing their first year in America and come to our school to learn English. These African drums will help students as they transition into American culture. Many students have played the drums in their native countries and had to leave them behind when they came to America. Drums can help ease the homesickness and let students communicate without words.”
“My students are all immigrants - I teach in a Newcomer Program at a public middle school. We don't have nearly enough books at their level that tell tales of immigrants just like them.
In the current political climate it seems very important to surround my students with messages of love.”
ESL/ELL Classroom Materials
Alphabet Tubs, Storytelling, & Picture Books for ELLs! | Bellingham, WA
“My ELL students are joyful, strong, and resilient. Some have just arrived to the United States and are not only learning English but are also adjusting to a new culture...Alphabet tubs and a felt board for story-telling with characters and objects from some of our favorite books will allow my students to play with language through interactive games and dramatic performances. ELL students need visual support and plenty of hands-on experiences to actively learn English.”
ESL Literature Circles: The Hunger Games Whets Appetite for Fiction | Indianapolis, IN
“My students are resettled adult immigrants and refugees seeking a better life and educational opportunities not accessible to them in their home countries...We will use the "The Hunger Games" box sets as the basis for a literature circle/book club. The main objective of the book club will be to expose ESL learners to the caliber of literature they will encounter on their state examinations required to graduate from high school.”
Teaching About the Immigrant Experience
Book Club: Exploring the American Immigrant Experience | Milwaukee, WI
"Milwaukee youth live in the city dubbed the 'worst for Black Americans.' Our city is the nation's most segregated and has the highest incarceration and unemployment rates for Black men. After the unrest in Sherman Park this summer, my predominantly Black students are hungry for change...My students need 35 copies of American Street to explore immigrant identity in urban America in their book clubs.In light of current events and national conversations about immigration, it's more important than ever that we engage in dialogue about what it means to be an American."
Authentic Learning Through Virtual Reality | Elizabeth City, NC
"Students in my 3rd grade class will be able to use the virtual reality glasses and their own devices to experience worlds that would never be available to them otherwise...They can can see the living conditions of those who have been forced to leave their country because of war and are now living in a refugee camp in Jordan waiting to be resettled all over the world.These experiences will help our students gain a better understanding of the world they are inheriting in the future."
Help Us On Our Journey | North Stonington, CT
"Growing up in a small, rural community can sometimes limit one's experiences...Enrique's Journey, by journalist Sonia Nazario, will allow my students to learn about the many children who migrate through Mexico to come to the United States on the tops of trains. This book will foster discussions on culture, immigration, and the universal desire for a better life."