Nevada Department of Education Funds 10,993 Nevada Educator Projects through DonorsChoose Grant Program

Governor Sisolak, Superintendent Ebert were joined by DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best to celebrate the first-of-its-kind partnership

December 13, 2021

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Today, the Nevada Department of Education announced the completion of the DonorsChoose Grant Program, which was able to fund 10,993 Nevada educators’ projects up to $800 using federal relief funding. NDE announced the State’s $8 million investment in this first-of-its-kind partnership on September 29, and celebrate the program’s completion as final resources have been distributed to Nevada’s educators.

Governor Sisolak, Superintendent Ebert, and DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best we’re joined by several State legislators to recognize the program’s impact on Monday, December 13 at J. Harold Brinley Middle School. State leaders in attendance included Senator Marilyn Dondero-Loop, Senator Mo Denis, Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, and Nevada State Board of Education Member Tim Hughes.

“Today is a joyous occasion, as we celebrate Nevada’s innovative leadership in providing our educators with needed resources,” said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “In just ten short weeks, we were able to distribute eight million dollars in funding to 10,993 of our educators, based on their individual needs and classroom priorities. Thank you to Governor Sisolak, the Nevada Legislature, and DonorsChoose for bringing this first-of-its-kind program to life in a meaningful way across our State.”

“Nevada’s educators are some of the finest in the nation, and they have stepped up tirelessly again and again, especially over the last two school years,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “We are grateful to have had this opportunity to support their classrooms based on their individual needs, and it was a joy to see a few of the classrooms and projects which have experienced the positive effects of this program.”

“It has been an honor to partner with the Nevada Department of Education on this innovative project which has invested in the frontline wisdom of Nevada’s educators,” said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose. “This type of partnership is unprecedented in the nonprofit sector and a first for DonorsChoose, and we thank the educators who have taken the initiative and opportunity to publish projects.”

During today’s event at J. Harold Brinley Middle School, Principal Andrea Womack introduced two educators for a live unboxing of their project resources. Ms. Davis’ project, “Hands On Knowledge,” has helped her students with disabilities have hands-on education opportunities, and Ms. Torrey’s project “Make Our School Amazing!” went to reinvigorate campus culture and activities.

Following the event, Governor Sisolak, Superintendent Ebert, and State leaders had the opportunity to visit several classrooms within the J. Harold Brinley Middle School and see other projects which had been funded through the DonorsChoose partnership.

To access additional projects funded through this Grant Program, access the Nevada Department of Education Impact Page.