Why We Want to Make Every Day the #BestSchoolDay

You probably didn’t know that today, March 10, is National Blueberry Popover Day. Let us pause to honor this fruit-filled pastry.

At DonorsChoose.org, we’re celebrating for a different reason. Today, hundreds of thousands of students in classrooms across the country will experience #BestSchoolDay.

They won’t realize it immediately. For many of these students, it may be the day they borrow an inspiring book from the class library, not realizing they’ve unlocked a love of reading. Or the day they explore an aquarium on a class trip, unaware they’ve stumbled upon a passion for marine biology. Others will practice scales on a piano, unleash chemical reactions in the science lab, or read passages about the pyramids — with no idea that they’ll grow into musicians, scientists, and historians.

Everyone’s #BestSchoolDay is different. Before Blake Mycoskie became the founder and Chief Shoegiver of TOMS, his #BestSchoolDay was reciting the Emancipation Proclamation dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown remembers the time her third-grade teacher returned from Africa and taught the class Swahili. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone won the “Bicycle Safety Essay Contest” on his #BestSchoolDay. For Samuel L. Jackson and Russell Simmons, EVERY day of high school was a #BestSchoolDay — for Jackson, because he walked to school with the same group of friends, and for Simmons, because he was bused to a different community that gave him greater opportunity.

Too many students, however, don’t have the classroom resources they need to realize their passions and unlock their potential. Students can’t dream big when classrooms lack books, microscopes, and robotics kits — or even paper, pencils, and paste.

Today, more than 50 actors, athletes and founders are stepping up to provide a boost to those students and their teachers. They’ve created a philanthropic flash mob, giving more —> Read More