Google says Merry Christmas Early

Surprise donations bring supplies to Atlanta classrooms

Nearly 400 Atlanta-area teachers received funding Tuesday for supplies including a playground, pencils and magnetic tiles as the result of a $340,000 donation from Google.

The gift on Teacher Appreciation Day fulfilled requests of every teacher in the region who had sought resources from the online charity DonorsChoose.org, where they can find donors to support their classrooms.

Among the donated materials were a karaoke machine for French students at Whitefoord Elementary School in Atlanta, 10 interactive writing tablets for fourth graders at Chesnut Elementary in Dunwoody, and colored pencils for Knollwood Elementary School in Decatur.

Teachers were surprised by the “flash funding” donation, which will reach about 38,775 students.

“With two kids in the Atlanta Public School system, I’m inspired daily by the hard work of our local teachers,” said Tom Lowry, head of Google’s Atlanta office. “Today, we’re excited to team up with DonorsChoose.org to say a big thanks to teachers and to support all their classroom projects in the Atlanta area.”

Google funded 394 projects in Cobb, Forsyth, Hall, Henry, DeKalb, Clayton, Fulton, Douglas, Gwinnett, Paulding, Coweta, Walton, Spalding, Cherokee, Barrow, Newton, Fayette, and Rockdale counties.

Google previously held a similar donation event several weeks ago in the San Francisco Bay Area, when the company funded every DonorsChoose.org project in that region.

By Mark Niesse
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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