Teachers pay for classroom tools with Internet help

Donates from online purchases fund school projects

SAN ANTONIO - For teachers, having the right tools can make all the difference.

That's especially true in Carl Dickerson's case.

Dickerson teaches Fine Arts at Sky Harbor Elementary and often needs props and expensive lighting to bring his productions to life.

"I want to provide the student with the most incredible experience I can," Dickerson said.

But with little or no budget, many teachers are looking for alternative ways to help pay for "the extras."

So Dickerson and several thousand other teachers around the United States have turned to the web for help, specifically a site called www.OO.com.

It's simple to use: Just shop. When you purchase something, 1 percent of the amount you spend goes to a pool of money that helps fund public school projects.

"I have a project that just got funded for some lighting that is like a water effect," Dickerson said.

Dozens of San Antonio teachers have caught on, signing up for funding for everything from art supplies to iPads.

Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said a handful of his teachers have gone this route.

"It allows people who believe in public education, and allows people who believe in the teachers, in their community, to help them out in every way that they can," Gonzalez said.

The company, www.OO.com, is based in New York. It was founded nine months ago and already they've raised more than $1 million for public schools around the nation.


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