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Subject: School Donation Program
Date Posted: 12/13/2009 6:10 PM ET
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Sometimes I feel like I'm not too computer literate (ok most of the time), but I went to the School Donation Program to donate some credits, and although I could find tons of information I couldn't find anything that said DONATE CREDITS HERE or something like that.  Is PBS not accepting any school credit donations at this time as they don't have any schools that need them?  Thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 6:16 PM ET
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Currently all the schools are complete and don't need any more credits. They'll add more schools at some point, but you can't donate anything right now.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 6:38 PM ET
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Part of the issue appears to be that PBS contacts the school administration.  So there is a long turn around time between when we suggest a school and when they get posted.  Schools will need to get Board approval and all that red tape. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 3:07 PM ET
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New schools just added.

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Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 12/15/2009 4:38 PM ET
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Emily is right, there are no schools added so donations now being accepted again!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/15/2009 7:27 PM ET
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New schools, cause I made a donation today.  One of them needs lots of help!  Looking for a total of 2,000 credits.

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 3:24 PM ET
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It is a very good cause; I was excited I could finally donate today as every other time the schools had enough credits.

Subject: Opening Up The Donations
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 1:44 AM ET
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I wish the donations were opened up to libraries as well.  My public library has zero dollars for this fiscal year to purchase new books.  Forget trying to replace missing books. 

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 3:18 PM ET
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I wish there was a program where people who have a lot of books could donate books directly. since we have the RAOK thread now is it 'legal' for someone to post asking for books to be sent to them for the purpose of donating to their local school? seems that would be the easiest way - say 'XYZ school in my town is ___ and short on books because ____ and everyone is on free lunch and we had a tornado, etc etc etc and I talked with the school librarian/principal/teacher(s) and thed'd be thrilled to receive books for ages...or in particular these series... and to mail to me and I'll get them to the teachers".

as far as this current program goes it's great. I felt good donating some credits and it's been exciting seeing how many are donated and how fast!

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 4:24 PM ET
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I think the reason the program doesn't work for libraries is because the books that are available are for elementary aged children, and there are large quantities of each title. A library wouldn't normally need 100 copies of a book like "Green Eggs and Ham", but an elementary school with 5 Kindergarten classes can give a copy to each child.

If you do know of a library that would make good use of book lots like this, then why not suggest it using the link on the donation page? They did support "Everybody Wins!" which is not a school.

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 11:01 PM ET
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There is a non-profit that does this for libraries.  The Libri Foundation.


Many of us on this site do use it for our local school libraries.  I know I often get deals when I tell folks that I'm ordering books for a first grade classroom.  (My niece's class at Culbertson School in Joliet, IL.  She has enough books now that the students can take them home.  Which is great as the school librarian did not make the budget cuts.) 

A member in my town gets books for the Live Oak Elementary School library. 

I know that I'm much more likely to offer deals when I know it is going to a teacher or a library.  That said.  I really like the idea of a thread for teachers and librarians to wish for books or credits.

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 1:39 PM ET
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Yes, it finally opened up and I got to donate credits.  Pat