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Mr. Birch from Chicago IL is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Get Basketballs!

My students need 8 basketballs to practice for the upcoming season!

  • $510 goal

This project expired on December 30, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine showing up to your first day of basketball practice with no basketballs, uniforms or enough support to make it to your first game.

Your support will help the girls basketball team as we once again attempt to compete in our inaugural season.

These girls are a select few who received an opportunity to attend a brand new public school through a lottery. Coming from all walks of life, my students range in ethnicity, family background and educational background. What brings these students together is the belief and drive of participating in "college doing culture". Our school is an early college school in which ALL students will graduate with not only their high school diploma but also an associates degree. This rigorous program pushes students to take extra classes each semester, summer classes and complete college level courses during their high school years. These girls sacrifice a great deal of traditional high school as they redefine the term student athlete.

My Project

Entering the gym on day one, these girls were the first to shoot a ball in a brand new gymnasium. As inspiring as it sounds, the balls they used were a few $5.00 rubber balls I purchased to ensure they had something to use. Little did the team know, they would not make it to their first game, nor have a season at all. As a new school, the building, books and desks are all that come with it. Funding for extracurricular activities are not included. The team had to cancel its first season as interests decreased and funding was lost. During our second year, the freshmen class has displayed great interest in starting a team and after recently getting uniforms, we are now trying to secure basketballs. My students need 8 basketballs in order to practice for the upcoming season with the same basketballs used in games.

This donation won't "raise test scores" or build the next championship team.

What your support will do is ensure these girls have an outlet and an opportunity to participate in something outside of academics. The list of extracurricular activities is short and limited at our school. In starting this team, we can provide these girls with a spark to take part in something most of us took for granted. Thanks for the support and I look forward to sharing the impact with you in the future!

Mr. Birch
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Baden Perfection Elite Official Wide Channel Basketball, 28.5-Inch, NFHS Approved • Amazon $49.59 8 $396.72

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