Choose to Help Schools

By Anil Dash

We've got a challenge for the entire Movable Type community, and for the blogging community as a whole. Starting this Monday, October 1, Movable Type bloggers will have the chance to participate in the Blogger Challenge -- it's a campaign to help support education, powered by our friends at DonorsChoose.org.

donors-choose.jpgDonors Choose is a brilliant non-profit organization lets you support schools and education directly and personally, by choosing projects that excite you, and then making it easy to donate to them. Every project listed on the site is a personal request from a public school teacher. And since so many of you have used MT to prove how you can affect your communities in the past, it's only natural that the Blogger Challenge should be another great chance to show everyone the incredibly positive impact that bloggers can have.

Best of all, in true blogging fashion, you have control over what ideas you share with your community -- pick projects that speak to you. If you're interested in the fundamentals, sponsor science and math projects. Have a passion for music? Help keep music in schools by funding a request for instruments. Like to stick to the basics? There's plenty of demand for classroom staples like dictionaries. And of course, for all the technology fans in the blogging world, there are plenty of chances to sponsor technology programs in the classroom.

We're so excited about this that we're distributing philanthropic gift certificates you can use to help fund a classroom project of your choice. You can request a gift certificate worth $30 at donorschoose@sixapart.com. Request your code now -- they're available until noon on Monday. (It might take a day or two for you to get your code.)

Using the gift certificate will help you understand how the program works. Once you've had the chance to pick a classroom project yourself, we know you'll be inspired to participate in the Donors Choose Blogger Challenge. And stay tuned: At Six Apart, we're sponsoring an award for the bloggers who help the greatest number of students during the Blogger Challenge. We'll have more details when the Challenge begins on Monday.