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June 5, 2013

Kids In Need Foundation, through Elmers, is a blessing to teachers in lower income areas. Elmers and Kids in Need Foundation made it easy for me to apply for a grant(s). It was done online, and their director, Penny, is hands on. She personally notified me that my grant had been chosen. This organization is clearly focused on enabling high quality education by focusing on the best interests of the learner and teacher. They have hundreds of pages of engaging projects that you can choose from, and you can search by subject and level. Their grant enables teachers, like you and me, to get the supplies we need to make the common core come alive. This is a 5 Star organization. I highly recommend them to teachers who want to make a difference in their classrooms and do not have the funding available at their schools. Thank you Kids in Need Foundation, for making a difference! - IL Teacher

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I would hope that they would share their successes with other organizations. It would be great if other companies followed their lead in providing a vehicle for enabling teachers to create top level learning experiences, without the personal expenses. Elmer's and Kids In Need has found a way to do this that is straightforward, and doesn't require teachers to focus on meeting extraneous goals. The focus is simply enabling creation of the right learning environment for students.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 5, 2013

Kids in Need has provided my students with a great opportunity to learn! My students of high risk were able to complete additional cross-curricular projects that they would have missed out on had it not been for the generosity of Kids in Need!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 4, 2013

When i was in school, I remember doing a String Art project. My mother displayed my work for years--long after I was married and out of the house. I wanted to provide my 4th graders with a similar experience and I applied for a grant to cover supplies. My students can not afford the supplies-- boards, brads, string, paint, etc for this project.
Today, I found out that I have been awarded the grant and am thrilled. I can not wait to begin the work with my new class of 4th graders in the Fall. If possible, I will email some pictures of our work in progress and our finished pieces.
I can not fully express the sense of gratitude I have for KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION. You will provide a wonderful opportunity and creative experience for many children.

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change nothing!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 4, 2013

KINF has put valuable resources in the hands of urban learners. As a public charter school professional, we are grateful for the generosity of KINF and the Elmers group because of the funding they provide to enhance the learning experiences. These grants help educators create hands on minds on learning by providing much needed state of the art materials and lesson plans. Our students are excited about coming to school each day--and that's half the battle won! Having resources, books, technology and a plethora of lesson plans to choose from, teachers feel supported as well as successful and this in turn leads to the success of the students. Thank you KINF and ELMERS for making our jobs more enjoyable!

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Have KINF and Elmers visit the classrooms they support so that we could put a face to the name on the computer! We (our students and myself) often like to write and send thank you notes--it would be beneficial for the children to know who to thank!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 4, 2013

I currently work with students in a high poverty school. It is very difficult to get some of the "extras" that other more affluent schools have because we don't have a PTA or the kinds of parents that can make financial donations to the school. I teach students in grades K-6 in a Science Lab setting. Many of the great experiments that I want to do with my students require consumables which are not covered by our budget. I often buy the materials myself so that the students can do the experiments. The Kids in Need Foundation has proven to be a great resource over the past 2 years. Last year, I applied for and received a grant where 5th grade students learned a specific science topic and taught that concept to younger students. This experience helped all the students. The 5th graders really learned the concepts that they were required to master and took pride in their efforts. The younger students gained from their experiences with 5th graders because they saw their "big buddies" as role models and academic leaders. This year, I received a grant that will allow us to expand our garden program and include more grade levels and students in this hands on learning environment.

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Not change a thing. I especially like that the grant are made directly to the teacher and not the school. This allows the teacher to buy materials without having to go through the bureaucracy of purchasing through the school.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 19, 2012

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March 18, 2011

I teach at a very diverse school with an extensive demographic of students from near poverty to blue collar and some white collar neighborhoods. With the limited resources available in these stressful... more

March 19, 2012

This program has generously supplied my teaching labs with much needed equipment and supplies. Moreover, this program has shown a great level of professionalism in each and every encounter. I cannot praise this endeavor enough.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 18, 2011

I teach at a very diverse school with an extensive demographic of students from near poverty to blue collar and some white collar neighborhoods. With the limited resources available in these stressful economic times, with school funding being the target of state cut-backs, the kids in need foundation grants have allowed me to bring in equipment and laboratory techniques that just would not have been possible any other way. This foundation has been nothing but professional and helpful in all aspects of their support. I thank them each and every time I use my electronic balances and other technical equipment to demonstrate Biological processes in my classrooms.

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A recipient of grant funding.

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Increase the maximum grant monies to allow for purchasing equipment that can bring the most recent technology to the classroom.

April 27, 2011
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April 27, 2011
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To help kids 'see' things that are abstract was something I have always enjoyed doing. My project involved middle grades students creating "The Perfect High School". This was to include making it highly energy efficient and green, along with high comfort levels and useful space needs. The plans my students came up with and the visions they had amazed me. We were not able to complete the project due to its size and time, but I believe they will always think about and use the ideas we presented and built into out model school. I thank this foundation was wise and innovative in seeing the importance of assisting me with the costs for this project, and I hope to continue and complete it next school year.

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Macon County, North Carolina

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Ask for representatives to visit to see what is happening with the money they have given.

April 7, 2011

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April 7, 2011

I have written a grant each year which was chosen and funded by KIds in Need Foundation. This past year I wrote a grant asking for material to teach my students the alphabet using fun activities. Each letter of the alphabet was represented by a letter word to bring inside the classroom for the week. By conducting this for each letter of the alphabet my students were able to use personal experiences to connect to each letter. (Examples: Ant Farm (A), Bubble (B), Homemade Crayons (C) and so on.) Since our school along with educational funds everywhere are being cut, this grant was a wonderful gift. In our parish we are allowed an allotment of $100.00, however the rest of the year material comes out of my pocket. This opportunity has offered and fulfilled my request by helping me as a teacher and my students academics.

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grants awarded to me. I typed lessons to fulfill my students needs and kids in need granted me with material to obtain the memorable experiences I wanted to offer.

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not do anything.

March 27, 2011

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March 27, 2011

I am very appreciative of The Kids In Need Program. Their support of education enabled our 6th grade students to dive into a plankton study of our local bay. This included baseline studys of what plankton they can find as well as a citizen science participation of harmful alage blooms. The students are sharing their learning with the 120 younger students at our elementary school and will culminate with working with local scientists and plankton art and trading card projects. This has been a powerful place-based scientific cross curricular study. Thank you!
Sheryl Sotelo, Educator
McNeil Canyon Elementary
Homer, Alaska

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through receiving this grant. I appreciate the organized and professional manner that the grant is awarded and the communication also enables the project to get started and to happen!

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I have had a positive experience so have no suggested changes other than possibly making some larger grants available like perhaps $1000 - $5000 categories.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

With our district's budget cuts we have not been able to purchase "extra" teaching resources. This grant has allowed me to purchase some higher level reading and science materials to use in my small group instruction as well as provide some independent inquiry activities! I'm impressed with the format of the grant application as I am quite busy and found this application to take minimal time but allowed me to thoroughly write out my wish and plans for the materials I wanted! Thank you!

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I have been really excited seeing the growth in my students' writing and their excitement with the projects. They have been doing a nice job and have enjoyed the materials that I was able to purchase through this grant.

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I can't think of anything that I would change.

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