When you're not with your kids or grandchildren, they're with their teachers. You trust teachers and their schools to keep your children safe, while teaching them everything from ABCs to biology to calculus.
Everyone asks a lot of teachers, and it's no secret that teaching isn't often a well-paid profession. On top of that, teachers spend an average $500 of their own money each year on supplies, according to The Journal.
You may help out in your kids' classrooms by volunteering your time, or buying supplies or snacks. There is another way to help. Specifically, crowdfunding site DonorsChoose, where K-12 teachers in all 50 states can request donations for specific projects or supplies.
You can donate as little as $1, but anything over $50 gets you a handwritten thank you note from the kids you're helping. Note: DonorsChoose is a 501(c)3 charity, so your donations are tax deductible.
DonorsChoose also makes sure your donations are spent on their intended purpose. You select which project you want to donate to; you can choose your kids' school, or their teacher's projects. DonorsChoose uses your donations to buy the supplies, then ships them to your child's teacher.