Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Thursday that it will fund $1.8 million in DonorsChoose projects for 65 school districts in 28 states (including about 12 in Arkansas), in communities the company has a presence.
DonorsChoose is a nonprofit crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors and district administrators that vets each request they make, ships resources directly to the classroom and provides thank yous and reporting to donors and school leaders.
Teachers in the Tyson-funded districts will be able to use DonorsChoose to request, among other resources, materials that support distance learning as they prepare for blended or hybrid-model lessons for the upcoming school year.
From Aug. 3-Jan. 29, the meat processor will fully fund projects posted by teachers, in qualifying districts, who request up to $1,000 in learning resources for Pre-K through 12th grade students. Funding will be applied toward projects on the first Monday of each month, and up to $30,000 will be available to each community. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Educators interested in receiving funding should create their project on DonorsChoose; they’ll be notified via email if their project has received funding.
"We have a responsibility to support our communities in a variety of ways, including equipping our teachers with the resources they need as an effective way to support education," said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson, in a news release. "The DonorsChoose model is especially effective in today’s climate as teachers navigate the individual and unique needs of their classrooms so students can experience new or better ways to learn."