For some the words, AP Human Geography may bring about memories of late night studying for the AP exam in high school. However, in none of these memories could anyone imagine not having a book to study from. This fantasy actually was a reality for some students in Regina Richey’s AP Human Geography course at Emerald High School.
Utilizing DonorsChoose.org, Richey has written several grants for atlases and other resources to give her AP students the best opportunity to succeed. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects donors to the classroom. Teachers can post classroom projects to the site with a funding goal. The website makes the project available for anyone in America to fund.
Her current grant online at Donors Choose is for a textbook entitled AP Human Geography Crash Course. Richey is requesting help in funding 45 books for the 67 AP students she has in her two classes.
“For all of these students, this is their first AP experience,” Richey explained. “They have worked extremely hard and I want them to have every possible advantage we can give them without having to go to parents or the school district. I know this has been tough times economically for everyone, but I’ve tried to get the resources into the classroom without asking people to do a lot of their own.”
Richey has already seen the impact writing a grant on Donors Choose can have in her classroom. One of Richey’s most recently funded grants was written for 35 National Geographic Student World Atlases. The grant was written in just over 2.5 hours and fully funded in less than 24 hours.
“The total price of the grant was just over $400,” Richey said. “The grant qualified for a special deal. Kia Motors actually paid for half of the grant and a local person in Greenwood paid for the other half. The atlases are vital in helping me teach this course.”
The current grant Richey has applied for will allow her students to have a set of books in the classroom and also give some students a chance to take books home. The name of the grant is Urgent News from the AP Battle-Zone: Vikings Need Reinforcement. The AP Human Geography Crash Course book is designed to help students get a higher score on the AP exam.
She plans to use the last 4 weeks of her class to give students a crash course on everything they will encounter on the exam.
“I did a grant on Donors Choose several years ago,” Richey stated. “When I started teaching AP, I realized that we had some needs and I didn’t have the materials in class to give these kids a real opportunity. I’m very hopeful that we get this second one funded.”
Richey is also hoping her success with Donors Choose will have a trickle down effect with other teachers in the community.
“The benefits and resources are tremendous,” Richey said. “People are generous if they know our needs. Nobody knows what we need for our students unless we’re willing to let them know what those needs are.”