It Takes a Village

The annual Tomato Nation Fall Challenge is here again! The Challenge is running until October 31, and the goal is to raise $100,000 to help fund educational projects through That will buy a lot of academic, art, and athletic supplies - and once again, TN blog author Sars in a tomato costume! This time she's pledged to take the train to Washington DC in full tomato regalia.

Donors in the TN Challenge are entered in a drawing for some great prizes - be sure to follow the instructions on the Challenge page to be sure you're properly entered. Along the way there are some mini challenges and the chance to win more prizes. There is no minimum donation amount, even $10 will help, so join in the fun and help some deserving school kids!

Total as of October 10: $48,345
Students Reached: 7,526

" is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.

"Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter."



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