We are proud in Santa Fe Independent School District that we see evidence of sharing every day in our district. Teachers share their knowledge, skills, talents and love with their students. Also, students, staff and parents share their resources.

You may be aware of “Black Friday Shopping,” or maybe online purchases on “Cyber Monday.” However, do you know about #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, it is Nov. 29.

“#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been driven by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Since its founding in 2012, millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live,” according to givingtuesday.org.

I think we should all give a little this holiday season, and Santa Fe ISD’s Education Foundation has created a unique and easy way to support our students.

So, how can you make a difference on #GivingTuesday? You can choose a particular classroom project to support and give an online donation in any amount in which you are comfortable. You can see the projects by going to www.sfisd.org and clicking on the “SFISD Classroom Wish List” banner. What better time to participate than #GivingTuesday? Our district goal is to have all 14 of the remaining district classroom wish lists fully funded before the end of the school year.

The projects range from new books for classroom book shelves, alternative seating that has been proven to help students focus and a class trip to a forensics lab. Many of the projects could be implemented in our classrooms if numerous people gave just a small amount. The fun part is, that once the projects are implemented in the classroom, you will receive a special message from the class. You will know that your donation is making a difference in the lives of our students.

Santa Fe is not the only school district in need. Every public school district in Galveston County has an education foundation that supports its students and educators. These foundations raise money that is awarded in the form of grants to classrooms and campuses for innovative educational materials. Although student needs are growing, public funding to Texas schools has not increased. State tax-based funding for the district covers the basic costs of operation, facilities, staff and resources. In order to offer our children additional innovative learning opportunities such as science lab experiences, reading newly released library books, competing in robotics, or encountering educational field trip opportunities, it requires supplementary funding made possible by the foundation.

In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources.

Those who are interested in joining Santa Fe ISD Education Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.sfisd.org and click on the SFISD Classroom Wish List graphic. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

Patti Hanssard is the assistant superintendent for human resources and the public relations officer for SFISD.

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