How did this teacher get 10 pairs of VR glasses, a 3D printer and a hot dog steamer for his classroom? Crowdfunding.
Clutter isn’t a dirty word in teacher Thomas Levy’s special education classroom in Camden’s Woodrow Wilson High School, rich with 10 pairs of Google virtual-reality glasses, a host of new laptops and tablets, a 3-D printer and hydroponic grow gardens, not to mention the hot chocolate maker and hot dog steamer.
The high-tech haul didn’t cost taxpayers in the struggling city a dime. It’s the result of Levy’s three-year plunge into the online world of donor fundraising to equip money-squeezed public-school classrooms, which has netted some $45,000 to finance his ambition to give Camden kids the same things as in affluent districts. Maybe more.
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