This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 28 by President Hatch:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
On April 5, I invite you to join me for a conversation with Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, as we engage in a meaningful discussion as part of The Leadership Project series, a program designed to showcase inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths and to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest.
DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Since then, more than 715,000 projects totaling nearly $420 million have been funded nationwide.
In honor of Best’s participation in The Leadership Project, Wake Forest will host a philanthropic flash mob on March 29 as part of the DonorsChoose.org #BestSchoolDay movement. Students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a free $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card to support a K-12 classroom project. One thousand gift cards will be available at various locations across campus from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The University’s goal is to have 100 percent redemption by the end of the day, totaling $25,000 of support for classroom projects in our community and across the country.
Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29, and then let’s gather on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall to hear Charles Best share his leadership philosophy and innovative approach to improve education. More information is available at lead.wfu.edu.
Nathan O. Hatch
This is a guest post from the University’s Leadership Project:
Too many students in K-12 classrooms don’t have the resources they need. Students can’t dream big when classrooms lack books, microscopes and tablets — or even paper, pencils and paste.
Now you can make a difference through Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay.
On March 29 faculty, staff and students can support a K-12 classroom by picking up a free $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card in one of several locations around campus and redeeming it toward a project of their choice. Participants are only able to redeem one gift card. Our goal is to have all 1,000 gift cards picked up on March 29 and redeemed on the same day. Gift cards will be available for pick up at most locations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
- Outside the main entrance of the Fresh Food Company (The Pit),
- At the Spirit Walk in between Tribble Hall and Benson Center,
- At Wake Forest University Law Commons,
- In the faculty lounge in the School of Divinity (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. only),
- In the Founders Day Living Room at the School of Business
- At the Luter Hall Block Party for First-year Students (5 p.m. – 7 p.m. only)
You can choose from among hundreds of projects nationwide, although you are encouraged to support a local teacher in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Donate to one project or split your $25 among several projects.
#BestSchoolDay at Wake Forest is being held in conjunction with the University’s Leadership Project, which is hosting Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.
DonorsChoose.org provides a simple way to address educational inequity. In Forsyth County so far this academic year, 174 projects, including hands-on science labs, vocabulary enrichment tools and playground improvements for children with special needs, have been funded — supporting more than 13,500 students. In the local school system, nearly 450 teachers have raised funds for more than 1,000 projects since 2003.
Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29.
For questions or more information on gift card distribution, contact Matt Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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