CAMDEN, NJ– So far, 82 donors have stepped forward to assist over 30 Camden instructors with materials to make the 2020-21 academic year a success amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a non-profit dedicated to helping anybody dealing with monetary hardship in the state brought on by the coronavirus, states it will offer $250,000 in matching grants to the teacher tasks – situated in underprivileged districts – through DonorsChoose.The online hub allows teachers like Ms. Donita Nero from Camden's Woodrow Wilson High School to ask for a $1,600 Dell Laptop to help her teach 80 students more easily through Zoom breakout lessons and Google Meets.
“As Covid-19 restrictions closed our class, I would be able to use these devices to have some sort of normal ‘in person interactions',” stated Ms. Nero.
Since this report, teachers in Camden still require $9,280. Learn more about the tasks and how you can assist here. In addition to acquiring brand-new innovation, teachers and staff are asking for help with white boards, backpacks, markers, a 3-D art set, electronic cameras, new books and more.
“Teachers know finest what their trainees need to continue discovering throughout this unprecedented time”, stated First Lady Tammy Murphy, the founding chair of the NJPRF. “We are thrilled to assist support teachers at schools with 90 percent or more trainees receiving free or lowered lunch hence allowing our most vulnerable trainees to have access to the very best academic products possible.”
Over half of the state's 607 school districts have begun with a hybrid format, with as many as 172 districts (consisting of Camden public schools) fully remote to begin the year.
“The variety of the projects being moneyed actually shows the benefit of working with DonorsChoose to support our instructors, rather than searching for a one-size-fits-all service for classrooms across the state,” stated Laura Overdeck, the founder and president of Bedtime Math and a member of the NJPRF board.
TAPinto is a media sponsor of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.