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ESPN helps fund $90,000 worth of JCPS projects

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Carrie-Anne Irby received part of $90,000 in donations from ESPN and the College Football Playoff Foundation for her special needs classroom. Carrie-Anne Irby received part of $90,000 in donations from ESPN and the College Football Playoff Foundation for her special needs classroom.
donorschoose.org allows teachers to post a wish list for resources or supplies and watch the community respond. donorschoose.org allows teachers to post a wish list for resources or supplies and watch the community respond.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Carrie-Anne Irby never thought a big game for the Louisville Cardinals would mean big bucks for her special needs classroom.

"I decided to do a project called Bounce, Fidget and Move," Irby said. "It's to get my kids better seating arrangements and exercise or stability balls so that they can focus more when I am teaching."

The Camp Taylor Elementary teacher scored part of the $90,000 that ESPN and the College Football Playoff Foundation pumped into Louisville schools prior to College GameDay last weekend.

"We work with our partners to make sure our footprint is left, if not as clean, then better than how we found it," said Judi Weiss, senior operations officer for ESPN College GameDay.

The groups used the website donorschoose.org to fund the JCPS projects. It allows teachers to post a wish list for resources or supplies and watch the community respond. 

Sara Mack's classroom at Camp Taylor Elementary was already funded by "donorschoose" with $500 for new books.

"In reading, we'll read them and talk about characters, problem solutions, or the reading strategy we are working on," Mack said. "In writing, we use them as models for us to become better writers."

Mack says the website lifts the weight of funding the classroom from her own cash. It also strips away the waiting game of JCPS budget approval and encourages teachers to think outside the box for kids. 

ESPN and the playoff foundation fulfilled 100 JCPS projects with their donations, while 63 others wait on the website, included one posted by Sheryl Woods, another Camp Taylor Elementary teacher.

"I know a lot who sponsored my last project were people who feel it's important to put money in our school, but don't know how to go about helping," she said.

Crowdfunding for the classroom has become an all new way to show kids you care, but "donorschoose" is not just a JCPS website.

It's being used by teachers across the country and in neighboring communities like Bullitt County, Greater Clark and Clarksville schools.

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