District 833 students to benefit from new STEM supplies

District 833 students to benefit from new STEM supplies
Posted on 04/05/2018

More than $27,000 in classroom grants were awarded to District 833 schools in March thanks to 3M Cottage Grove, Ripple and several donors on DonorsChoose.org.

3M Cottage Grove provided 14 classrooms with $16,000 in Ingenuity Grants for projects that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. Each teacher applied for funding through DonorsChooose.org. 3M then reviewed their requests and funded projects at Armstrong, Bailey, Grey Cloud, Liberty Ridge, Middleton, Newport, Pullman and Woodbury elementary schools, as well as Oltman Middle School and Park and Woodbury high schools.

The projects will bring items like Magna-Tiles and logic games to students at Grey Cloud Elementary School and Molymod Organic Molecular Models to students at Woodbury High School.

Eleven additional classrooms that requested funding through DonorsChoose.org were fully funded by a donation from Ripple, an online currency company. On March 26, the company decided to fund all projects listed on DonorsChoose.org, benefitting more than 35,000 classrooms around the country. Grey Cloud, Liberty Ridge, Newport, Red Rock and Woodbury elementary schools, as well as Park and Woodbury high schools benefited from this funding.

DonorsChoose.org is a website that allows teachers to request funding for specific needs for their classrooms. The projects are vetted and donors from across the country can give to their choice of projects knowing exactly where the money will be used.