Chicago School Supply Competes in Blogger Challenge 2008 to Raise Money for Local Schools

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October 22, 2008

Contact: Michael Ockrim
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Chicago School Supply Competes in Blogger Challenge 2008 to Raise Money for Local Schools

Education supply retailer pledges to raise money and complete classroom projects for underserved Chicago area schools.

Chicago, IL- Bloggers around the globe are competing this month to raise money for U.S. classrooms on DonorsChoose.org for the Blogger Challenge 2008. Education bloggers like Chicago School Supply CEO Mike Ockrim are up for the challenge. “Our goal is to raise $2,500 and complete 20 classroom projects this month” says Ockrim. “This is our first time competing in such a project, and it is really exciting. Many of our projects are already 65-75% funded and just a few more dollars will provide these Chicago classrooms with the resources they need to enhance the learning process”.

DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit organization developed to provide students in need with much needed resources often lacking in the public school systems. Teachers submit project proposals for their students onto the Website and the ideas become classroom reality when individuals, called ‘Citizen Philanthropists’, choose projects to fund. The idea behind the this challenge is for bloggers to inspire their readers to become ‘Citizen Philanthropists’. The blogger that mobilizes the most readers will receive a lunch with Yahoo! CEO Jerry Lang, In addition, Yahoo! will pay for a field trip for the kids at a school of the winning blogger’s choice (up to $5,000).

Proposals range from “Magical Math Centers” ($200) to “Big Book Bonanza” ($320), to “Cooking Across the Curriculum” ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling.

Chicago School Supply, http://www.chicagoschoolsupply.com, serves public and private school administrators, principals, teachers and parents throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Their online retail store, http://www.schoodoodle.com and their Weblog, http://www.schoodoodle.com/blog/ are resources for teachers and home schools seeking tips, free lesson plans, articles and educational materials.

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