Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adopt a Texas Classroom - FAQ




Hi all! I have been completely floored by the response to my “Adopt a Classroom” project. Between the sign-ups, emails, messages, comments…I literally can’t do it all. I have a 6 month old at home with me right now, and even if he wasn’t, there’s no way I could keep up with it all on my own! I have been very fortunate to have some great friends offer to jump in and help with matching classrooms and replying to messages.

All that being said, I would love to respond to each email and comment, but it would be completely impossible at this point. This is a GOOD problem to have, because it means so many of you want to help. However, I also feel I should prioritize matching classrooms right now. I want your questions to be answered, so here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you still don’t find the answer to your question, please reach out.

I want to help, what can I do?
Please, please, please use this link to sign up. I’m not able to go through the comments and emails and match you – going through this form is the only way.

How does this work exactly?
If you are applying to adopt a classroom, please use this form. You will be matched with a teacher and I’ll send you their contact info, a little about their situation, and a list of supplies they need most immediately. After you receive this email, my part is done! You will contact the teacher you matched with and see how you can best help them, and then put together a plan with your students (or group) to help meet their needs.

What am I committing to by signing up? Can you give a rough financial estimate of helping out a classroom?
The only thing you’re committing to is trying to help this classroom in some way. In no way does the teacher expect you to get everything they need. Many have expressed gratitude for absolutely anything to help. Currently, I am able to match 3-4 classrooms who want to help with 1 Texas classroom right now, which is great as they are hopefully able to receive more of what their students need!

I’m not a teacher, can I still sign up to adopt a classroom?
Short answer…yes! We’ve had girl scout troops, churches, running groups, and businesses all sign up. This is wonderful since it’s all about helping the kids who need it!! If you are an individual, considering gathering some friends and family to help so that you are able to maximize your impact on the classroom you adopt. Sign up using the form here, and when it asks for grade/school, just put your group name or “family.”

My grade level/school wants to adopt more than one classroom…or wants to adopt a whole school…
If your grade level wants to adopt more than one classroom, please have each of you apply (or if you want to adopt only 2 classrooms, then please just have 2 of you apply). Then you’ll be matched with classrooms and can work on that as a project together. If your school wants to collectively adopt a school, please put that on the form where it says grade/school…”School adopting school.”

Is this just for schools in Houston?
No, it is for any school in TX deeply affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

How does shipping work?
Shipping is your responsibility, so please keep that in mind when considering what you are collecting.

Is there a list of supplies somewhere?
No. Once you apply, I will work to match you with a classroom. I’ll send you what that teacher has requested as their most immediate needs.

What kinds of things are the teachers needing?
True to a teacher’s heart, most teachers are asking for things for their students, such as hygienic supplies, school uniforms, and backpacks. Basic school supplies are also in demand!

So I need to buy these items and ship them?
You can. Another option is to collect donations and purchase supplies directly from Amazon. They can ship directly to that teacher’s school for you, and you will save greatly on shipping (especially if you have Prime!). You could also send an electronic Amazon giftcard.

Are you confirming that the people applying are teachers in need?
Teachers who apply must use their school district email to apply. I strongly suggest you ship only to their schools as well. Some schools are greatly flooded and won’t be open for a while – just wait until they can accept shipments to send anything. This will ensure that your donations are going exactly where they should be – I completely trust teachers, but there may be others who try to use this as an opportunity to help themselves. Pay attention to the email of the classroom you are matched with, and use your own discretion.

I want to be matched with a school in a certain area, a Catholic school, a first grade classroom, etc. Can you do that?
We are doing our best to roughly match grade levels, or at least primary grades with primary, etc. I have had several requests for teachers to be matched with a certain area, and I would LOVE to make that happen, but to be honest, it is very time consuming. As I type this, we sit at 5,400 submissions. That is A LOT of people to match. Trying to make particular pairings, especially by location, takes a much longer time. We aren’t able to take requests like that right now, I’m sorry. Feel free to reach out to a particular school or area on your own if you have a connection with them! J Please be flexible, as there are a lot of teachers and students who need help!

Are schools able to receive the shipments?
Some schools will be opening on September 5th, and some have not heard yet when they will reopen. This is something you will need to coordinate with the teacher you are matched with!

What is the timeline for getting matched?
We are working through them in the order they are coming in. There are an amazing number of submissions, so it is taking some time. I ask that you please be patient…we are working on it as quickly as we can!! We are hoping within the week at the latest. You will receive an email letting you know you’ve been matched.

I would LOVE to see what you and your classrooms (groups) are doing to help!!! Please use the hashtag #AdoptaTXclassroom to tag your pictures, and feel free to tag me (@sunsandsecondgrade) as well. 

A huge and overwhelming THANK YOU goes out to all of you who are signing up to help. It is an amazing thing to watch people come together like this.

Most importantly, the teachers in TX are going to be doing the real work in the coming weeks and months, as they’ll have lots of broken students coming into their classroom. It takes a special person to be a teacher, but these wonderful men and women will be giving that a whole new meaning. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your students, and I truly hope you are able to receive some of the help you need.



156 comments:

  1. We have BOXES ( 18) of Pearson Reading Street...grades K -5 and some ESL...all new.
    http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS1gC9&PMDbSiteId=2781&PMDbSolutionId=6724&PMDbSubSolutionId=&PMDbCategoryId=3289&PMDbSubCategoryId=28138&PMDbSubjectAreaId=&PMDbProgramId=88541

    We would love to donate them if they could be used.

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  2. Thank you Briana!! I don't know what else to say about you coming up with this idea and organizing it!

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  4. How do Texas schools sign up? Our students will need help.

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    1. There's a link to follow in the above paragraphs that say click here to sign up

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    2. I cannot see link. Can you send?

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  5. You can use the same form above- there's a selection if you'd like to be adopted. <3

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  6. Ok, thanks. Guess I didn't scroll down enough.

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  7. If these teachers have Scholastic Book Club accounts can you have them include their codes? Perhaps we can help restock books to classrooms and fulfill classroom wish lists that the teachers create? Suddenly occurred to me today as I picked up book order forms for my own kids tonight. Love from Michigan! Looking forward to adopting our class :)

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    1. Love this idea! If they didn't have one, could we get them one?

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    2. You can also call Scholastic and have the orders shipped directly to the school in Texas. You have to call BEFORE placing the order online.

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  8. School starts next week for students in Michigan. I am a teacher at a middle school and wonder if you have middle schools on your list. I think our students would think it is cool to donate to a middle school.

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    1. Yes all grade levels and colleges have been affected. No doubt that there are middle schools or intermediate schools that need supplies.

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    2. My grade level/school wants to adopt more than one classroom…or wants to adopt a whole school…
      If your grade level wants to adopt more than one classroom, please have each of you apply (or if you want to adopt only 2 classrooms, then please just have 2 of you apply). Then you’ll be matched with classrooms and can work on that as a project together. If your school wants to collectively adopt a school, please put that on the form where it says grade/school…”School adopting school.”

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    3. I live in Katy Texas and I know Beck Junior High is completely under water. Those students had only been in school for a few days when this storm hit. These children have lost their homes and now their school. It is devastating. I think it would be awesome to have another Junior high adopt this school. My kids are grown and gone, but I live near that school and know first hand they are in dire need. I am not even sure how soon they will be back in the school. They are telling them they could be out for months. So guessing they will rezone to another school during that time. I think you are doing a wonderful thing!!! Thank you!!!

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    4. Seventy-five percent of the community we serve was completely devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We would love some additional help as our campus is running a Depot for the students and community. We have an Amazon Wish list and are finding a desperate need for air mattresses and more shampoo/conditioner. I would be happy to chat more if you email me at amgreen@pasadenaisd.org Here is our Amazon Wishlist.
      Would you share for me?

      For friends outside of Houston wishing to help, this Amazon.com link offers a wishlist of South Houston Intermediate Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. Together, we will rebuild! Please share. This is our school that we love. Our students and their families need your help.
      http://a.co/8ySkEKf

      Amazon will ship directly to our campus. We built this "depot" of sorts as our campus was a shelter the first part of the storm. Our students and school community flooded with about five feet of water with low-lying areas. The families will be able to rebuild using these items.

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  9. We have boxes of enVision math and reading street as well. I am asking my principal if it would be possible for us to donate these.

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  10. Oh my gosh!! I accidentally signed up first as a teacher in need and I am wanting to ADOPT a classroom!! Can You please delete the first one. I am so excited to do this!! Jenniferthompson77@comcast.net

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    1. I did the same thing! Can you fix mine also? kmmiller@wcboe.org

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    2. I may have done the same thing. I noticed that the sign up to help classrooms in need is currently closed now. It may just be that you are still matching us up, but I wanted to cover all the bases, the name I put on the form is Rebecca Sommerhauser. My grade, as well as several others at my school are very interested in helping out.

      My email is rsommerhauser@crossroadsschoolskc.org

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  11. Is there any way to add school that were hit by the hurricane off the coast? Such as Rockport, Corpus, Port A, etc?

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    1. Is this just for schools in Houston?
      No, it is for any school in TX deeply affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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    2. There's a link above to follow to sign up. God bless you all!!!

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    3. Here is another link that is looking for classrooms in need as well. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RFwMF8KbB9Q26r_eIdWuZBYgUDlB5WBiIGYT17q1H1o/mobilebasic

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  12. Can I adopt a specific teacher and class?

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  13. I am a consultant with Initial Outfitters and we have a campaign going on to supply back packs and insulated lunchboxes to children in K4-2 or 3rd grade - we have already had a few people say they wanted bookbags, but we can help others - don't want to complete the form and be assigned to a classroom when we only have bookbags and lunchboxes - so if anyone is reading this and is in need of bookbags & lunchboxes - please contact me at sunsweetgifts@yahoo.com.

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    1. I sent you an email, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

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  14. Can our military Spouses Club adopt a classroom? We don't meet until Sept 19, will that be too late?

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    1. No! That is not too late because this recovery process will last for months! Many people in our area remain in apartments or hotel rooms but FEMA's deadline is September 25. By then, everyone must exit their current locations. Many people can't afford the contractors to redo the homes. Many of our kids remain in the mold-infested homes.
      Our school is working so hard to help these babies. In a couple weeks, we will still be in need. Please email me at amgreen@pasadenaisd.org to discuss further. We would love to connect with a military group!

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  15. Can't wait to get my match! Filled out the form today! Ready to see what class, teachers, kids so I can get my students busy & ready to help! Great way to help fellow teachers - thanks for all you're doing!

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  16. My 5th grade class has been watching videos, reading stories in the newspaper and following different stories concerning Hurricane Harvey. I hope we get assigned a school soon so that we can get started!

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  17. My 5th grade class has been watching videos, reading stories in the newspaper and following different stories concerning Hurricane Harvey. I hope we get assigned a school soon so that we can get started!

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  18. I just signed up for a classroom. But I teacher at South Elgin High School, a high school of close to 3000 students we could do more than one classroom. I am looking for a truck from the Chicago/South Elgin area to get supplies to Texas. If I can not find a truck I will work on just shipping a pallet.

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    1. Julie, I don't know what they are going to match you up with, I signed up as an English Teacher, but we are a whole high school in need. We have about 3200 students at Chavez High, and the neighborhood behind the school was flooded roof high. We have an amazon list together as well. Rebekah.Plourde@houstonisd.org is my email if you are interested and then maybe they can just match us up.

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  19. I am a newly retired Occupational Therapist and would like to help my peers there. Anyway to contact them?

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  20. I signed up how do I know you got my information is there a confirmation email? Jessica Chambers

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  21. I signed up, but I didn't see where we could adopt a school. Our whole school would like to be involved. Can you fix my application to show this? Thank you!
    Denise.baker@knoxschools.org

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  22. I just signed up to adopt a classroom. I only marked 5th grade to adopt, but would be will to help out any grade level. I wasn't sure if I could mark more than one level. I have several other teachers and organizations that have offered to assist me as well :)

    mknisely@mmcsd.org

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  23. Hi Briana,

    I work for TCEA, a Texas-based nonprofit supporting technology in education in PreK-12 schools. We love the campaign you’ve created, and we’d like to help support it in any way we can.

    If you need any assistance in publicizing the campaign or if you need help matching schools in need to those who want to help, we have a lot of connections to Texas schools that we could provide.

    You can reach me here or at smeyer@tcea.org.

    Best wishes,

    Susan Meyer
    Communications Specialist, TCEA

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    1. Susan, many of our students lost their laptops that they had just picked up in anticipation of school beginning. Do you know of any resources to help them? Rebekah.Plourde@Houstonisd.org

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  24. I signed our PTO up to adopt a classroom or 2. We also have Scholastic Dollars we can donate to the classrooms. Please let me know how we can help. jessica_l_friberg@hotmail.com

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  25. We have a Frontier Girls troop that has adopted a classroom through another site and has requested one through this one. The troop is being interviewed by the news and I would like to be able to mention this cause as well, but would like to talk to someone involved first. I know ya'll are swamped but can someone email me at MelissaWilkinsOVS@gmail.com

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  26. I have some toddlers in Maryland that have handmade some encouraging cards and pictures for children in Texas. Unfortunately, we still have not been able to find an outlet to send them to. Would you all be willing to take them and distribute them to children? I started the idea because I'm trying to teach my two year old about giving to those who need help.

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    1. I would love to have a group of scouts do something like this, but can't find a resource either.

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    2. We have a troop that will be sending items. Want to send them to us and we can add them? Email me at MelissaWilkinsOVS@gmail.com if you want to join forces :)

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  27. We are a middle school in Fresno, CA and would like to adopt a school in Fresno, TX if available. If not, we will adopt any school in need! I filled out the form (emily.faith@fresnounified.org) but did not see the option for school adopting school. Thank you so much for all you're doing. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Emily Faith

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    1. Fresno,TX is going to be Ft. Bend ISD if that helps with the matching process! Also there are only elementary schools in the actual city of Fresno. :)

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  28. Is it possible to continue to build relationships with the teachers and their students throughout the year to help put the human face to this disaster and held our students understand the impact of this disaster? I would love to have the opportunity for our students to SKYPE with them or somehow interact with them throughout the year to learn what they have been through, how they've grown and maybe learn some things together.

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  29. I'm a teacher at Assumption School in Morristown, NJ. Please reach out. We are Prek-8th grade and ready to help. Post Sandy we understand.

    Erin Manahan
    emanahan@assumptionnj.org

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  30. Briana, thank you so much for doing this. It is a great way to get people involved. You have great vision and, obviously, a very open heart for others.

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  31. Hi, I would love to adopt a 1st grade class

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  32. Thank you so much for doing this! I just filled out the form for our school. We are a Montessori School and would love to help another Montessori classroom. I can't wait to see who we get matched with!

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  33. We would like to donate items to another 4th grade team of teachers and students. We have 4 teachers/classrooms that will be collecting items.

    Thanks!

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  34. I signed up this morning to get on the list, but I am working with my kids' elementary school, our church congregation, and my kids' orthodontist. All want to help and I'd like to get a group of classrooms within the same school if possible. I only signed up one time under myself. What should I do to have a minimum of 5 classes? I'm hoping for far more than that, but don't have much info to give yet. Thank you so much for doing this! My family called Houston home for 5 years and we miss it terribly. We evacuated for Hurricane Rita and it was such a stressful time. I cannot imagine what Texans are going through right now. We want to do our part to help out. Thank you!!!
    Kathy Johnson
    kathysmathy@msn.com

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  35. It is so heartbreaking to watch the devastation that is taking place and to be so far away and feel as though there's nothing you can do. I look at this is a wonderful opportunity as a teacher to help our children and their families. I am ready willing and able to do whatever it takes help get these kiddos whatever they need!

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  36. Retired PTA Ladies of Daphne AL has signed up to adopt a classroom. On the form, I checked every grade-- not because we can adopt a whole school, but because we want you to match us with whatever grade you choose. We all have had children go through K-12, and just want to help.

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  37. Group of teachers in the Austin area willing to travel to Houston or other affected areas to help clean/set up classrooms...contact Meagan.pierce@austinisd.org.

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  38. Tobey Elementary will adopt a school.
    2693211600

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  39. Hi. I signed up to be adopted, but there are so many more needy classrooms than mine, that I would like to take mine out of the hat. I have a lot of kids who lost everything, but the school was not as bad as I first thought. I'd rather a classroom in worse shape receive something the need. Thank you. Diana Armitage

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    1. Could you maybe have them edit your requests from school supplies to hygiene items or other basic needs for the kids? Just a thought.

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    2. I am looking for a classroom of kids who my group of Cub scouts could write cards for. Just to brighten their day a bit and let them know there are other kids thinking about them. Seeing as how your kids still have a lot to work through emotionally, might we be able to arrange something like that?

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  40. Hi, I made a huge mistake yesterday, when signing up to adopt a class. For some reason, I thought I was supposed to mark what grade level we were representing, and I clicked on every class prek-12th grade. I know a bonehead mistake. We are a small preschool and also K-12 special needs school. We will only be able to adopt one classroom. I'm so sorry for the misunderstanding. Could someone please contact me at lcollings23@gmail.com? Thank you, Lori

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    1. Lori,

      I just saw this post. I went to complete the form and it is closed. I am looking for a classroom or school for our children's ministry at my church to adopt. Would you be open to working directly with me to meet yalls needs?

      Caitlin Gates
      Cwgates12@gmail.com

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  41. Briana,
    I am an adoptive mom and would love to ask if you could make this a 'sponsor a classroom' event. 'Adopta programs' really do exploit adopted children for a cause, when sponsor is what we really want to accomplish. I will gladly sponsor a class.

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  42. My autism parent support group (Bronx Parents Autism Support Circle) will like to sign up to adopt a classroom but when I click the link it says it is temporarily closed to new sign ups. We are in NYC. When will it reopen for signups? Our email is bpasccontact@gmail.com.

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  43. I am looking to sponsor a classroom or two. I am an Admissions Director in Kansas City and 9 years ago we were hit by a Tornado. I would like to give back, the way that people helped us! It says that you are no longer taking applicants for sponsorship. Could someone point me in a direction that we could help a school in need?

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  44. Is there an estimate of a time when it will reopen for classrooms to adopt a classroom? I have four classrooms in Wyoming that would like to adopt four classrooms. My email is meghan6132@myncsd.org

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  45. I signed up to adopt a classroom, but our administrators want us to work directly with a school to send a check. Can you please remove me from the list? Thank you. Heather Baldwin 4th grade

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  46. I am a part of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Council For Exceptional Children at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. The two organizations would like to join together and adopt a classroom. I see that submissions are closed at the moment. Any idea when they will be opened back up? I have already pitched the idea of adopting a class at our meeting(s) and everyone is on board, we just need an assignment. Send me an email if you have any details or would be able to get us matched up with someone. We are ready to help!! :)

    Hannah Swartwood
    President SPSEA / Vice President CEC
    Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

    hannaheswartwood@gmail.com

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  47. My students are truly wanting to adopt a classroom; however, with the link closed I was unable to adopt a classroom. If you could let me know how I can adopt a classroom that would be great! My contact info is hoylek@usd320.com (Wamego, KS)

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  48. I am the school counselor at an elementary school in Kansas. We are wanting to adopt a school. I noticed that the form was closed unless you were a classroom in need. PLEASE contact me or point me in the right direction so we can adopt a school. We are ready and willing to help out!

    Autumn Hardey
    Hillsboro Elementary
    autumn.hardey@usd410.net

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    1. Hi Autumn! Email Cheryl at kreativeinlife@gmail.com, she is mstching schools with schools :)

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  49. Sigourney Elementary in Iowa would love to adopt a school or several classrooms. We see the form is closed. Please contact us so we can help a school in need!

    Deanna.Hutchings@sigourneyschools.com

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    1. Hi Deanna! Email Crystal at kreativeinlife@gmail.com. She is matxhing schools with schools :)

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  50. WV would love to help out just let me know how! And where.

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  51. Hi! We are a company in Lexington, KY and would LOVE to adopt a classroom. When will the form be open again for that?
    Thanks!
    Hilary

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    1. My email contact is: hclark0026@gmail.com

      Thank!

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  52. Brianna, Can you email me? I have a question I need to ask you directly.

    judi.tabb@ennis.k12.tx.us

    thank you

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    1. Hi Judi, email me at sunsandsecondgrade@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Monica!!! Please please tell your teacher friends to sign up using the link...we have SO MANY who have signed up to help!!! We would love to match your friends with some helpers ❤️❤️

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  54. Thank you! Yes I forwarded your link on. You are a wonderful person for doing all of this! ❤️

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  55. Hi!

    I have been matched with my adopted classroom and am sending an informational email to partners. I thought when I signed up I saw a sample email to send to parents, but now I can no longer find it. Can you share it with me if you have one?

    Thanks!

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  56. The link only applies to Texas teachers needing assistance.

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  57. My class and I are hoping to help an 8th grade Language Arts teacher and her students affected by Harvey.

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  58. Faith Preschool where I teach signed up to adopt a classroom, I am not sure if you are still assigning matches or if all have been assigned. I was just checking to see if the matching was still in progress or completed. Thanks so much for organizing this project, such an overwhelming time for all affected by Harvey.

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  59. I submitted a form but have not heard anything! My school has a huge donation ready and waiting!

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  60. Hi there. I signed up before you closed it. I want to be sure that I do not miss your email. I have many teachers ready to start filling requests for the classroom I adopted! What do I look for when you email in case it goes to SPAM? We are a school in New Hampshire!

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  61. I can't sign up. But I would love to sponsor a class. Can you send me the link?

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    1. My email is sashby0113@gmail.com
      Sophia Ashby thank you

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  62. We would like to help where can we sign up?? Ed& Martha Oakes eromlo1969@gmail.com

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  63. Will you be opening back up? I have a school that wants to help a school. My email kp0314@gmail.com

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  65. The form wouldn't work... I couldn't leave the "I am a Texas teacher in need blank" when submitting.

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  66. I teach at a middle school in Tennessee. Each year we go a service learning project. I would love for this to be our project for our students this year. We possibly can adopt more than one classroom. Please let me know what we can do to make this happen. Thank you for all your doing!

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  67. Signed up earlier this week and have not heard anything. Is this right? I have a grade level ready to give to our adopted classroom, but I don't want to miss the email. Any advice on what to look for or time frame? Thank you for organizing this! The kids are so excited to help!
    Jennifer Hadfield
    Reed Elementary
    Jhadfield@ladueschools.net

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  68. Would love to adopt a classroom. Will you be opening signups again?
    helpinghandscorona@gmail.com

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    1. I, too, would like to sign up to help, but the link sends me to a page that says sign-ups are temporarily closed. How will we know when it's open again?

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  69. What about daycare or early childhood centers? Can we sign up too?

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  70. Do you need HELP with ADMIN?? I am a former teacher, happy to volunteer time to field emails, calls, or anything else that would help you do match ups. I'm not in Tx, but could help remotely.

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  71. What email address is match response coming from? I signed up to sponsor and wanted to make sure the email didn't get lost in spam. If I have the email address I can set it as "safe" and it won't go to spam.

    Thanks!!

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  72. If you need help I am available as my position was eliminated this year. So I am home and would love to assist you. You can reach me at dawndelz@gmail.com

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  73. Would love to help. Love the idea of stocking up classrooms via Scholastic books (or any other idea to help). Just need a teacher & school name. God bless!
    jmiller@stggcs.org

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  75. Hi there! Thank you for organizing this. I am the Key Club advisor of Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, WI. My students would really like to adopt one or more classrooms. We are happy to help out with any grade level/subject. I noticed that the link to sign up is no longer active, so I hope it's not too late. If possible, can you e-mail us (indiantrailkeyclub@gmail.com) and let us know if a classroom is available to help? Thanks again!

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  76. Hello! I signed up last week and have not yet heard anything. Are you still in the process of matching those who want to adopt with those needing adopted?

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  77. (Mara Miller) Hi I registered Wednesday morning and know people who registered after me received their class already. I'm not sure if I lost the email or what but can you send it again please? Thanks for all you're doing. Xmarabearax@aol.com

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  78. Hi! I registered my school and haven't heard back - I know you are very busy, Just checking back to make sure you have my email! Thanks! kengel@usd313.org

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  79. I would like to adopt an Elementary School! Please email me! fsheffield@clarkecounty.org

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  80. I would like to adopt an Elementary School! Please email me! fsheffield@clarkecounty.org

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  81. It would mean a lot if my family and I could adopt a class. We have families in Texas, so this is close to home. My email is jmorrison@vesd.net. My name is Jasmyne Morrison and I'm a second grade teacher. Thank you.

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  82. I think I signed up correctly to adopt a classroom, but have not heard back. Have you matched all of the classrooms yet? I know you are super busy, but my class is so excited to know who we are helping. My email is julie.dickman@birdvilleschools.net Thanks

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  83. I know you have received a large number of requests. I signed up on Wednesday evening to adopt a classroom and I have not heard anything yet. My first grade parents are eager to hear what items need to be donated so we can get on collecting items. Please let me know the status. My email is brittany.morris-hammer@aps.edu

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  84. Thank you for setting this program up. I am a teacher who signed up for the program for our title I school whose students were affected but I'm not sure our application went through successfully. I have yet to receive word via email. I'm afraid I may have made a mistake or an error occurred. Is there a way to verify? I signed up last Wednesday. Aug, 30. With email: cgarcia3@newcaneyisd.org Thank you for your help!

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  85. Please help!! I was paired with a 1st grade teacher who has emailed me back saying her school was not damaged as previously thought. She has asked that I request pairing up with another classroom but I cannot find a way to contact you. Please email me ksingleton@ewsc.k12.in.us

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  86. Hi Briana I sent a request for my office to adopt a classroom on 8/31/17 we haven't heard from anyone. hoping my email was correct. bonnie.wasylenko@yonkersny.gov and thank you for doing this.

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  87. Hi Briana! I signed up on Thursday, I know you've been busy and had a huge response but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss the email and also to let you know my sons school chose Kindergarten on application but we will take any class. You rock for doing this! We are just all eager to help!

    Chelsea Smith
    chelseasmith637@gmail.com

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  88. Hi Briana! Our three second grade classes would like to adopt second grade classes! Please email me when ready! Thrilled that youa re doing this! Thanks, JoAnn Brooderson Joannpita@gmail.com

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  89. Hello! Our school signed up to adopt a classroom on Thursday, Sept 30th and have not received a response. Can you please let me know if it went through? Thank you for your help.
    Erin Kirchefer erinkirchefer@gmail.com

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  90. We are looking to adopt an entire high school. When will the form be available again? Please email me at apatrum@dawson.k12.ga.us

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  91. I signed up my school to adopt another school on August 31st and still haven't heard anything. I just wanted to make sure that my application was viewed and if there was anything else that needed to be done. I'm sure you are busy matching up everyone. My name is Lisa Yates and my email is lyates@district100.com. Thanks!

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  92. My school wants to participate. The sign-up hasn't been re-opened, but we are going to start collecting Thursday. Who should I contact to find a school? Thank you!

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  93. Want to adopt a classroom. Will sign-ups reopen soon?
    Email ashleybow@yahoo.com

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  94. Hi, I have gotten the enthusiastic "yes" from both my kids classes (2nd and 4th grade) but I haven't heard back. I know you are probably overwhelmed with responses. Let me know if you need help with coordination! My email is jeanne@jhughes.net and we would love to partner with some hurricane-affected classes!

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  95. Hi. I am writing because I submitted a request on behalf of my children's school to help a school affected by the hurricane. We are a small, multi-age Montessori school, so I did not select a specific grade when signing up (instead I selected "None"). I am following up to let you know that we really do want to help a classroom or school, and we are open to any grade (or a multi-age class or school like ours).

    And, thank you for setting up such a beautiful way to help those who really need it!

    Thank you,
    Jamie
    jamie9277@gmail.com

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  96. Both of my kids teachers signed up to help classes but we have not heard back either... Students have already started bringing items in to send. Are classes still being matched?

    Thank you,
    Kristin
    pnkbrown5@yahoo.com

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  97. I signed up last week and haven't heard anything back. I was just wanting to make sure we are on that list because our school has already started collecting the basic things but are trying to wait on a more specific list to send home with our students.

    Thank you,
    Sheri
    sdendy@seminoleisd.net

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  98. Please try to screen these classes better. We drove 7 hours to bring supplies to a school that wasn't even damaged.

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  99. Hi! The teacher I was paired with emailed that she really does not need financial assistance. Can you pair me with someone new, if available? Thanks for organizing a great project!
    Nicole Azark nazark@d64.org

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  100. Is there a way I can help you sort through the requests and communications? I know you're overwhelmed with the response and I'm happy to help you. I've signed my class up to help a Harvey-impacted class. jtownsend@mpisd.net

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  101. I think I filled out the wrong form. I want to help a class room my name is Shannon Keown. I am so so sorry. Please let me know if you still need help. I filled out the form last Wednesday.

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  102. Hi, I have signed up and I know I received the confirmation email, but I can not find it now. Could you possibly help me with this. Jackie Brazo Sturgis, Michigan

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  103. I filled out a match form on behalf of my company 1 week ago on 8/31 but have not heard back - we are open to all ages. What is the typical response time?

    Thank you,
    Katie Beeman
    WinterWyman
    kbeeman@winterwyman.com

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  104. Hi there!

    I filled out the form for my school to adopt another school a week ago and have not heard anything from you all yet. I realized this may take some time but could you please send me a quick email confirming you received my form? People are very eager to help and I'd like to give them some sort of time frame.

    Thanks!
    Kelsey Artz
    Pflugerville Elementary School

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  105. I signed up last wedensday evening and have not yet received an email. Could you please let me know when we might hear something? My 3rd grade team or 4 teachers is excited to get our kiddos involved.
    Mollystewart@sjsd.k12.mo.us

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  106. My company would love to help, but our donations have to go to organizations that 501c3 status. Do you know if the schools fall under that? Would love to find a way to make it work!

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  107. Hi.....I also signed up to individually help a classroom and I know my school system also has. But no emails have been received. I signed up on August 29. I also noticed all the latest questions are not being answered. Have all the schools been paired with someone? Just would like to know one way or the other if we should keep collecting materials.

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  108. Bless your SWEET heart for coordinating these efforts! I am certain you are on VERY busy lady. We are eager to assist as well and completed the form a week or so ago. We understand if opportunities have been filled and schools have been matched, however we wanted to reach out again and let you know that we are still ready, willing and able. Sending prayers for strength to get all things done and the wish for MOre hours in each day to accomplish it.
    herrickkathleen@rsdmo.org

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  109. Is there anyone who might be organizing something like this for Irma? My colleagues and I wanted to sign up but we were too late!

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  110. Hello, Beverly:

    Thank you for your heart in the aftermath of a trying, devastating time. I am unable to participate in your Adopt-A-Class program and unknowingly signed up for it. I contacted the four-five teachers who were matched to me and thanked them for their kindness.

    Sincerely,

    Lauren Bibeault

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  111. I signed up to help a class, but ha e not gotten an assignment yet. When will I hear something? :)

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  112. I know you're really busy with this awesome project. I signed up two weeks ago and haven't heard anything. Should I assume you don't need any more help? I've already collected supplies so I guess at this point, I will seek a school on my own if I don't hear anything this week. Nancy Maguire

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  113. I'm supporting a class in Dickinson, TX. Their school district was hit hard and is in a low income area of southwest Houston. The district has a 501c3 educational foundation which can take tax deductible donations for the benefit of the schools. Many of the classes have not been matched yet.
    dickinsonisd.org

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  114. Hey Briana,

    I was hoping that I could adopt a classroom. I am a middle school teacher in New Jersey. I just tried to use the form and saw that it has closed since the last time I checked (I needed to approve it with my Principal first). Any other ways I can donate materials???
    Dan Cosenza
    dcosenza@audubonschools.org

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  115. I submitted my information and email address to adopt a school and haven't heard anything yet. Please let me know what my status is?? I have students and parents and other teachers waiting to find out.

    Thank you,
    Jacky Martin
    jmartin@croslex.org

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  116. I have submitted my information awhile back. When will we know the status on getting help?

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  117. Could you please post a general status of where you are in the process of assigning classrooms? While waiting, we've had an earthquake, Irma and at least 123 wildfires burning in the northwest. Thank you for taking on this endeavor.

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