A few evenings ago PalKid surprised me with the fact that MrsPal was born very close to the time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed (I wasn't surprised by the fact, but by her knowledge of it). I asked her if she knew who MLK was, and she said, "Not really." I started to sketch it out in terms a first grader might understand, telling her the story of Rosa Parks, a woman I was fortunate enough to have met. As I explained to her that Ms Parks would not give up her seat to a white passenger and was arrested, PalKid said, "That doesn't make sense!" I explained it in a few more ways but she couldn't understand such insanity.
A free society remains free only if its populace is educated. When education is tied to wealth, democracy becomes plutocracy. Segregation doesn't make sense if you favor freedom over servitude. That public schools, the base of our democracy, must rely on charities for essential supplies just doesn't make sense if you favor democracy over plutocracy. But until we can fix the our schools, we must help them, and that's what Donors Choose does so effectively. It allows teachers to identify pressing needs and donors to pick projects that they agree are worthy.
The yearly Donors Choose challenge is drawing to a close. Hewlett-Packard is going to match donations, so every dollar you give makes a difference. Our current 29 donors have reached nearly 900 kids. While the total amount we raise is important, participation is as well. I'd love to see that 29 grow to 50, even through 1-5 dollar donations. There are several worthy projects in impoverished Michigan schools. Please help.