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There are only nine days left in the Science Bloggers for Students DonorsChoose Challenge! You guys rock--having donated over $2500 through the LabSpaces giving pages. We fully funded one of my favorite projects, Oh! Rats! But there are still plenty of great projects remaining, and there's still time to get in on the action and to get some more moolah out of HP for classroom science projects. And you still have a chance to win adorable plush molecules from Prim and Plush!
My goal for the final push of the DonorsChoose campaign is to reach 25 donors. When my page has 25 unique donors, one of the new donors (#16 to #25) will get a cute Mr Methane molecule (pictured right). If you want in, make a donation (as little as $1!) through my giving page. If the donor acknowledgemnt matches your LabSpaces user name or Twitter handle, you're all set; if you prefer to make an anonymous donation but want a shot at Mr Methane, forward your DonorsChoose email receipt (you can anonymize it in Photoshop if you like) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, everyone who has already donated or donates through my giving page between now and the end of the campaign on Tuesday, November 9, will be entered into the final 'grand prize' pick for a complete set of the Three Phases of Water (pictured left). And yes, they are more adorable in real life than they are in pictures.
So go... give. Secure your chance at some plush molecules. Enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling of helping some school kids learn science so we don't end up enslaved to an army of scientifically literate monkeys.
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Just a thought:
Donors to the Science Bloggers drive who haven't yet decided what to do with their $75 DonorsChoose credit could, if they like, check out the following project list, sorted by time remaining and fully searchable by state, subject, cost, etc.
It contains many worthwhile DonorsChoose projects in their final days; for example, Oh Rats was on this list during the push to fund it. Currently, there are chemistry model kits for high school kids making do with broken ones ($301; 1 day), supplies for studying soil and plant chemistry and fertilizer overuse ($143; 2 days), a couple of owl pellet dissection projects (one supported by Disgruntled Julie), many other imminently expiring, hands-on science and math requests, plus literacy projects, music stuff, and basic school supplies like pencils, bookcases, a table...
A stream of $75 donations could rescue a bunch of these projects. If a project does expire, it's simple to apply returned donations to others of your choice; a credit shows up in your account a day later. Projects expire at midnight ET; on the final day, add 5 to the listed number of hours left to get the true time remaining.
Congratulations to all on a wonderful education fundraising success!