Many teachers think outside the box to come up with
creative classroom projects that help their students
but often times they have to buy the materials themselves
and that's not always easy.
But now an unexpected amount of funding is helping
area teachers be more flexible in their classrooms.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill joins us with more.
Hundreds of educators around Wisconsin posted requests
for project materials on the crowdfunding site Donors
Choose dot Org, and on Tuesday morning .
every single one of their requests had been met by
Herb Kohl Philanthropies .
including a few teachers in La Crosse.
Now one fourth grade classroom at Hintgen Elementary
is excited to put that money to use with something
called 'flexible seating.'
You get to bounce around move around in 'em.
This unique seating helps fourth grader Zaid focus
Sometimes I dont like sitting in one spot for a long
And it helps their teacher Chrissi Crouse with a full
room of 28 kids.
We are trying flexible seating which gives them a
feeling of their own choice and of being in control
of their learning .
our friends would definitely prefer to have stools
or stability balls.
As of now, this classroom doesn't have enough go around.
Sometimes we switch spots and share them.
When your ratio is 5 to 28 you're not able to reach
a lot of the kiddos.
So Crouse put a request on a website where teachers
can ask for help funding their projects.
And on Tuesday morning, she .
and teachers around the state ...woke up to a surprise
That's the amazing part, but I think when you have
one donor like Herb Kohl who's going to fund all the
way across the state that doesnt usually happen.
Herb Kohl Philanthropies funded all Wisconsin teachers
including three from Hintgen.
that means more opporutinty to suprot studnets and
meet needs and do that in
whatever we can do to individualize
learning and be successful.
Now Crouse is able to bring more stools, lap desks,
and cushy chairs to the classroom .
to really set students up for success.
So other poeple can focus instead of talking to their
partner and they can move around a little.
They're very excited.
In LaX, MO, N8
Herb Kohl Philantropies funded almost 700 projects
in Wisconsin .
coming to a total of 500-thousand-dollars donated
to teachers throughout the state.
If you're interested in helping teachers fund their
projects or learning more, you can visit Donors choose