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What Could Boston Public Schools Buy For $100,000?

Patch's "Deck The House" contest is giving away serious dough to the winner's public school district, and Boston teachers already have ways they could spend the money.

What Could Boston Public Schools Buy For $100,000?

It may be the holiday season currently, but Boston Public School teachers have been making their list and checking it twice for quite some time.  Since Patch is giving away $100,000 through its , we wanted to see what teachers in Boston could do with the money if a Boston resident won. 

Some teachers have requests for a single item, like Boston Renaissance Charter Public School 5th grade teacher Kathy Reilly's request for a video camera on iLoveSchools.com (the camera costs $453.19), a request she makes to help her students bring fairytales they are writing to life. 

Others have smaller requests, like Sarah Peteraf, who teaches 7th grade mathematics at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown.  Her list on Classwish.org comes to just $82.46 in total for pencils, dry-erase markers, and an overhead timer. 

Many more schools, however, have complex needs.  The website Donorschoose.org has the wishes of 73 Boston Public School classrooms listed, and their desires range from a new classroom rug ($602) to LCD projectors ($1,803).  On Boston's page on Adopt-A-Classroom, there are 66 BPS classrooms that need adopting. 

In her listing on Adopt-A-Classroom, Dante Alighieri School 4th grade teacher Nicole Terranova explains the need, saying "This upcoming school year will be difficult financially because our school funding and budget are being cut. So my class will be in great need for typical classroom supplies like paper, pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc."

Subtracting the needs of Kathy Reilly's class ($453.19) and Sarah Peteraf's, ($82.46) from the $100,000 Patch would donate to the Deck The House winner's school district leaves $99,464.35 left over.  The 73 classrooms listed on Donorschoose.org, added to the 66 classrooms on Adopt-A-Classroom comes to 139 classrooms. 

The remaining $99,464.35 divided into 139 portions comes to $715.57, or more than enough to purchase new math manipulatives ($270) for Ms. Hayden's kindergarten class at the John F. Kennedy School in Jamaica Plain, or for basic school supplies ($322) for Ms. Byron's special education students at the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston. 

And if you're not going to decorate and enter the contest, but would still like to help Boston Public Schools, each of those sites has ways that you can donate easily.  As Ms. Donovan, a 3rd grade teacher at Orchard Gardens Pilot School, says on her Donorschoose.org listing, "I find myself spending any extra money I have on essentials for my classroom, such as pencils, paper, markers, crayons, books, and much more! I don't mind spending this money, but my contribution alone is far from what these children deserve."

Patch contacted both the Boston Public Schools administration and Boston Teachers Union for their wish lists, but the administration declined to say and the union did not return messages.

Interested in winning this Patch contest and getting a big windfall for BPS? .

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