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Social Sentinel and NSBA Announce Winners of DonorsChoose Drawing

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Social Sentinel and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) are thrilled to announce the four winners of their DonorsChoose gift card drawing. The two organizations teamed up at the 2019 NSBA Conference in Philadelphia earlier this month to help support classroom projects for schools in need. The winners, listed below, have active projects in DonorsChoose ranging from technology requests to basic needs including backpacks, cleaning supplies, and sports equipment.

“School safety was a priority topic at the 2019 NSBA Annual Conference and we are pleased Social Sentinel not only supported this educational focus at the Conference but also stepped up to provide four school districts with additional funding to help meet new projects in the classroom,” said Tom Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director.

The winning schools were selected at random, and they are:

Aldine Independent School District, Houston TX

·       66,000 students 82 schools

·       32 active projects:

Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia PA

·       202,000 students

·       339 Schools

·       303 Donors Choose Projects:

Hot Springs District, Hot Springs, AR

·       3718 students

·       8 schools

·       5 Donors Choose Projects:

Cherokee County School District, Canton, GA

·       41,000 students

·       37 Schools

·       1 Donors Choose Project:

Social Sentinel and NSBA elected to use DonorsChoose gift cards to ensure funds go directly to projects selected by teachers and school administrators and to encourage community members to lend their support. The nonprofit DonorsChoose stimulates crowdfunding for school projects, allowing donations to have an immediate impact on classrooms.

To date, 81 percent of public schools in the United States have had at least one project request on, and more than 1 million projects have been funded.

About DonorsChoose is a United States–based nonprofit organization that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. Founded in 2000 by former public school teacher Charles Best, was among the first civic crowdfunding platforms of its kind. The organization has been given Charity Navigator’s highest rating every year since 2005.

About NSBA

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. For more information, visit