Two New Charities Added to Giving Program: Donor’s Choose and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Pittsburgh, PA — Think Through Learning, creators of Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today that it has reached a milestone in its charity points program – donating $290,000 to local and national charities since inception. To mark this achievement, Think Through Learning has introduced Donor’s Choose and The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as new, featured charities for the successful student-driven program.
TTM’s charity points program provides students with the opportunity to convert the points they earn by completing math lessons within and outside of their classrooms into dollars that they can donate to a charity. Students can choose to donate their points to featured charities across the U.S, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Make-A-Wish, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, World Wildlife Fund, No Kid Hungry, The Wounded Warrior Project and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, as well as the two new charity partners.
“Studies show that providing kids the option to donate points to charity, develops decision-making skills, boosts confidence and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of philanthropic thinking and practice. Our charitable points program has encouraged this practice by providing an easy way for students who want to give to do so,” said Lisa Wise, manager of Think Through Math’s motivational program. “The fact that most TTM students choose to donate their hard earned THINK points over the option to redeem for individual and classroom prizes, speaks volumes about the integrity of our young people and their compassion for others.”
Since inception, TTM has been embraced by schools across the country, many of which are managing their own socioeconomic challenges. For example, despite coming primarily from low-income households, students in Brandee Davis’ ninth-grade class at KIPP Northeast College Prep in Houston chose to give back their points to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, which mentors more than 90% of the school’s students.
“My students recognized this program would give them the opportunity to give back to their mentors. It was their way of saying ‘thank you for being there for me,’” said Davis.
In addition to making donations to featured charities throughout the school year, the TTM charitable giving program has also organized special fundraisers sparked by natural disasters or other local challenges. Recent examples include:
· THINK nation students from across the U.S. pledged their support for victims of the Nepal Earthquake by donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Fund in just nine days.
· When the community of Van, Texas was recently destroyed by an EF-3 tornado, Texas TTM students took advantage of the opportunity to convert their THINK points into $5,000 for the Red Cross fund.
· In support of Idaho’s “Annual Day of Giving,” TTM students in Idaho were given the opportunity to double their charity dollar donations resulting in more than $2,000 to the Idaho Meth Project.