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Teachers use online charity to raise money for projects

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AYDEN, N.C. - When school budgets are tight, school supplies for students is often what gets cut. That’s why some teachers in the East are taking matters into their own hands to help their students get the best education possible.

They’re doing it through the website, DonorsChoose.org. It’s an online charity for public school educations in order to have classroom projects funded. This month, there are about 20 projects in Pitt, Craven and Lenoir counties.

Ayden Middle School special education teacher, Laura Miller, is using the charity to fund math workbooks.

"They can actually learn how do to math on a topic that's age appropriate, that's their skill level, something that they're interested in. And they're learning and having fun at the same time," said Miller.

Each workbook is a couple dollars and to get her students the full collection, it would cost more than $400. That’s money Miller can’t spend from her own wallet.

"I’m buying the basics for my kids so they can get their education. The colored pencils, the markers, the paper. The things they need for the basics,” said Miller. “This [workbook] is a luxury item. But it's a luxury item my kids need and I need help with that luxury item."

Principal Jeff Theus says this is a great resource for teachers, who often end up buying supplies with their own money.

"It's helped pay for instruments, lab materials, that sort of thing," said Theus. "It's a great way for teachers to supplement what we already have in the classroom."

A couple years ago Miller had a project funded through the charity website and several other teachers in her school recently had projects successfully funded as well.

Click here to view classroom projects in your area and learn how you can help local students succeed.

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