Local | October 6, 2020

The Mind Trust supports 50 DonorsChoose projects to support Indianapolis educators

As part of the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard Week that supported teachers across the United States, The Mind Trust invested $100 in 50 DonorsChoose projects, for a total of $5,000, to support teachers and classrooms across Indianapolis, with a special focus on racial equity. Thirteen of these projects were fully funded by this investment.

Examples of projects that our staff selected included classroom seating solutions to help scholars stay engaged, diverse book sets to provide students with windows and mirrors to see themselves reflected in the literature they are reading, and technology supplies such as lap desks and headphones to better support students as they conduct eLearning throughout the fall.

“Indianapolis teachers and students deserve the absolute best when it comes to resources and opportunities,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “Teachers deserve to have the resources and materials that lead to students succeeding and thriving in school. The Mind Trust is proud to join the College Football Foundation’s national effort to make sure kids and teachers have what they need to succeed.”

Each member of The Mind Trust’s staff was able to select two projects on the DonorsChoose website. For Sara Marshall, Senior Director of Talent, a project that funded Learniture Active Learning Stools (or “wobble stools”) at Christian Park School 82 spoke to her. “I have learned, from my own kids’ experience, that wobble stools are really helpful to refocus young learners!”

Lauren Rush, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alignment and Operations, selected a project at Matchbook Learning at Wendell Phillips School 63. “This project will support students with the supplies they need to stay organized. As a former teacher, I know how critical organization is to student success!”

Paula Glover, Manager of School Support, chose a project at H.W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Magnet Middle School that seeks to fund materials for English as a New Language students. “This project is near to my heart because of its focus on purchasing materials for English Language Learners. Students can access materials from home, which will allow their families to learn right along with them.”

The 50 projects selected were from the following Indianapolis Public Schools and charter schools:

  • Anna Brochhausen School 88
  • Arsenal Technical High School
  • Brookside School 54
  • Carl Wilde School 79
  • Christel House Academy South
  • Clarence Farrington School 61
  • Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School
  • Eleanor Skillen School 34
  • Francis W. Parker School 56
  • George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy
  • George S. Buck Elementary School 94
  • George W. Carver School 87
  • George Washington High School
  • Global Preparatory Academy @ Riverside School 44
  • L. Harshman Middle School
  • W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Magnet Middle School
  • Ignite Achievement Academy @ Elder W. Diggs School
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy – North
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy – West
  • Invent Learning Hub
  • IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 60
  • IPS Newcomer Program
  • Irvington Elementary School
  • James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy High School
  • James Whitcomb Riley School 43
  • Lew Wallace School 107
  • Matchbook Learning @ Wendell Phillips School 63
  • Paul I. Miller School 114
  • Phalen Leadership Academy @ Francis Scott Key 103
  • Phalen Leadership Academy @ George H. Fisher 93
  • Phalen Leadership Academy @ Louis B. Russell, Jr. School 48
  • pilotED: Bethel Park
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58
  • Rousseau McClellan School 91
  • Sankofa School of Success at Arlington Woods School 99
  • Theodore Potter School 74
  • The PATH School @ Stephen Foster School 67
  • Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis
  • Victory College Prep
  • Vision Academy
  • William McKinley School 39
  • William Penn School 49

Thank you to all educators who are going above and beyond to serve students and families. We appreciate your hard work and hope this is a reminder of the support you have from everyone in Indianapolis. We look forward to continuing to find ways to reward our city’s incredible educators!