Appalachian History, DonorsChoose and Music To Soothe Our Souls

I want to encourage folks to support the Appalachian History project at To be honest, it was tough to pick just one. This particular project however has life changing possibilities. Mrs. L's class needs 15 non-fiction books on Appalachian history and culture. The transfer of cultural information is a crucial element in visualizing success in your future. ...more

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DonorsChoose Campaign: Building Gardens, Building Communities

When I was asked to choose DonorsChoose Challenge project, I immediately knew I had to pick something to do with gardening. Children can benefit from the physical activity of working in a small garden plot; growing their own vegetables encourages children to eat them; and gardening is just plain FUN! ...more

Donors Choose Challenge: Life Through a Lens

Photography changed my life. My first photography teacher told us that photographs give us the most accurate record of our lives, and I believe this more and more the longer I devote myself to picture-taking. This is why I love looking at other peoples' photographs as much as taking my own, and I especially love to see young people excited about photography. ...more

DonorsChoose Challenge: Help kids become historians

A popular African proverb counsels, "Until lions have historians, hunters will always be heroes." Today, I am asking BlogHer readers to help two groups of young lions get excited about studying history by experiencing it first-hand. ...more

Donors Choose Challenge: A Doll Like Me

How do you learn what it means to be American? Can you learn it in school? What do you learn if Americans you see don't look like you or your family? Mrs. M writes that The dolls and other resources currently available to my students do not represent their ethnic backgrounds nor those of other diverse communities and varied ability groups. ...more

DonorsChoose Challenge: Journalism students need a computer

A group of high school students in a rural community in South Carolina thought their school needed a journalism program and a school newspaper. They had no support or funding from the administration, but they went ahead with efforts to make it happen. Raising money with bake sales, and using a computer and camera borrowed from the teacher, this group of enthusiastic students produced 8 issues of a student newspaper last year. ...more

DonorsChoose Challenge: Combatting Global Warming with Education

As a mother of two young children, I believe in exposing them to a variety of outdoor experiences to help them learn about the world. ...more