Reader and Donors Choose booster Jenny just posted this in a comment. I'm elevating it so that hopefully we can help these kids before the clock stops:
I’m posting again because I just noticed an extremely worthy literacy project on the point of expiration, and I believe it could yet be rescued. It’s in a low income area in Hart, where a class of 3rd grade struggling readers have requested a funny book that makes them want to read. The teacher points out that when kids feel motivated to try and are actually competing for copies of a book, there’s no doubt that their literacy level is improving. This project will help hunreds of kids for years to come. The link to donate through PalMD’s First Aid For Michigan Students is:
For anyone inspired to donate, note that if the project winds up expiring, DonorsChoose will send you email tomorrow morning giving you the opportunity to apply your donation to another project of your choice – it’s straightforward and simple.
I’ve posted the project to a few different Giving Pages so as to have a larger pool of potential donors. The problem is that when a project costs more than a little bit and time is short, donors often assume that the project will expire anyway because no one else will donate, so then they don’t themselves, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. But if the amount needed can be brought down to a point where the project shows up on the first page of the project list for Stephen Colbert fans, where members of the web site Reddit are presently hastening to get their donation total up to $500,000 for the reward of getting to interview Colbert, I think the project has a decent chance of getting funded. DonorsChoose will keep the project listed for several hours even after it reaches the “1 hour left” status.