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The T-Shirt That Helps Teachers

October 17, 2013

The passion of teachers is infectious.

Last week I had the chance to have dinner with a few teachers from New York and talk about some of the challenges and successes they’re seeing in the classroom. What started with just a few questions quickly grew into a lively exchange of ideas. They kept right on going late into the evening (long after I had to turn in for some rest!). They were so clearly driven by the aspiration to give their students the best education possible.

 It’s a pretty simple proposition. Teachers go the extra mile for their students, every day. And they need our help.

Passion as genuine and inspiring as this is something every one of us should be encouraging and supporting at every opportunity. And guess what? Each of us can. 

Last month, I announced the Threadless teachers challenge and invited our online community to submit an original t-shirt design that teaches us something and helps to raise money for DonorsChoose.org. 125 incredibly creative designs poured in and the “ABC’s of Literature” was crowned the crowd favorite. Personally, I think it’s a great choice - I’m partial to Updike and Poe, the rabbit and the raven (run, run, nevermore).

Here’s where you and I come in: if you purchase the t-shirt, not only will you look cool, but 100% of the cost will go back to teachers. You’ll also receive a $20 gift card with your shirt that you can use to provide much-needed supplies for classroom projects listed by teachers on DonorsChoose.org.

It’s a pretty simple proposition. Teachers go the extra mile for their students, every day. And they need our help.

Let’s support them with Threadless and DonorsChoose.org. It’s an easy (and fashionable) way to help.

 

 
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