While some school districts have already started classes, once Labor Day weekend has come and gone, it’s officially time to put away the bathing suits and grab the book bags for the fall semester. To mark the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, we’ve rounded up this collection of education-related Rally fundraisers.
A non-profit with offices in New Jersey, California, and Florida, Project KnuckleHead has created a Rally to fund the Knucklehead Express, a customized bus transporting academic and arts programs right to students. These include a computer lab and a library for at-risk youth.
Cybraries is raising money for a pilot program to teach high school and university students in Senegal how to improve their online research and communication skills. A former Google trainer plans to work with local interns to research and develop the curriculum.
Each summer students from the University of Exeter in the U.K. and Augustana College in South Dakota collaborate on excavations at one of the most significant Initial Middle Missouri villages in the Great Plains. This Rally seeks matching funds of $15,000 for the summer 2014 archeology field project. (Donations are tax-deductible, by the way, and promote the preservation and education work at the Mitchell Indian Village.)
Stocking Up on School Supplies
The library at KIPP Bayview Academy, in one of San Francisco’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, relies on volunteers, parents, and students to operate. Despite these circumstances the college-prep middle school maintains a successful literacy program that focuses on developing vocabulary and comprehension. Support this Rally to buy 500 new books, both old favorites and new classics, for students to enjoy.
After playing on a loaner violin during high school, Benjamin Biffis is rallying to pay for a new violin. He starts his freshman year at Oberlin College today. (Check out his performance video on his Rally page.)
Families living on and off the Mattaponi Indian Reservation are among the poorest in southern Virginia. This Rally for 12 children living on the Mattaponi reservation will help buy school supplies and new clothes so that students can go to class confident and prepared for each day.
Extracurriculars and After-School Programs
James Higa wants you to throw him into a pool for charity. Higa joins other San Francisco-area philanthropic leaders raising money for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and its after-school program for kids, which offers arts, science, and cooking classes, leadership training, assistance in the college-application process and more.
Idlewild Elementary School in Memphis, Tenn., is collecting donations to launch a chess club. The academic year has already begun, but the club continues to raise money for the group, which meets after school on Mondays.
KidToPro Coding founder Eric Nelson recently taught himself how to code, which got him thinking about how to translate the straightforward online tutorials he used into a training program for middle- and high-schoolers. Nelson wants to help students become more competitive in STEM fields and work with them to use those skills to launch businesses or work for local companies, so he’s rallying to create a coding training and internship program for kids in the Twin Cities.
To support these Rally leaders and their projects, browse the back-to-school fundraisers section of our website at rally.org/for/education-youth.