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With the new school year only a few weeks away, districts are looking into different school funding options to fund field trips, projects, classroom supplies, new technology and so much more that creates a richer learning experience and environment. Year after year, school funding is a constantly discussed and debated topic both internally in districts as well as at the state and federal level as schools struggle to fund even the most basic classroom needs. Schoola is a school funding solution that has impacted 12,000 schools over the past three years and their name is becoming known nation wide. Below, we listed three reasons why Schoola is a dominant fundraising solution.

3 Reasons Why Schoola is a Top School Funding Solution:

Started By an Educator

In 1997 Schoola founder, Stacey Boyd built an inner-city charter school from the ground up and watched it grow into one of the highest performing middle schools in Boston. Stacey faced a roadblock when she struggled to keep programs like physical education, foreign language, music, and art programs alive on limited funding. Knowing how important such programs are to a child’s development, Schoola was born in 2012. Stacey’s deep knowledge of the school system helped her identify a problem hitting schools around the world and build a direct solution for the issue. Schoola’s mission speaks directly to schools because it is founded on the knowledge of an educator who experienced the problem of school funding firsthand.

Win-Win Solution

Schoola is a unique school funding solution that turns quality clothing into money for districts to enhance the learning experience of students. Parents donate gently used children and women’s clothes to Schoola, who sell the clothes on schoola.com at a discounted price. For every $5 customers spend on the clothes, $2 goes to the school of choice from the parent who donated the clothes. Simply put, parents are able to donate gently used clothing that other parents are able to buy at cheaper prices and schools are able to benefit from the exchange. Such business model is bound for success as a win-win solution where all parties involved are satisfied and working toward giving students the educational experience and tools that they need to succeed. Schoola’s solution has even been described as an “amazing mash-up of community building, upcycling and commerce.”

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to putting paintbrushes, books, baseballs, and violins back into the hands of students, Schoola’s mission also works towards growing a greener environment and community in which we live in. You’ve likely heard about the “water footprint” associated with our food choices and showers, but our clothes leave a large water footprint as well. To give you an idea of the water footprint associated with clothing, it takes 700 gallons of water to produce just one t-shirt.* Individuals who donate clothes offset up to 6,500 gallons of water and 22.27kg of CO2. Not only are donors and buyers helping fun their local schools, they’re also helping the planet.

As the new school year quickly approaches, see how your district can utilize Schoola’s funding initiatives at http://www.schoola.com/bookadrive.

*Based on water consumption calculator provided by National Geographic.

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