Rochester City School District
News Release
March 29, 2018
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Carlos Garcia
Rochester City School District
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Rochester, NY Rochester City School District (RCSD) teachers got a special surprise today when they learned that some of our classroom projects on the nonprofit crowdsourcing website were instantly funded.

Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology company, and its executives, announced that they donated $29 million to fund every classroom request on the site. As part of that surprise funding, 27 projects from RCSD teachers were funded, totaling $18,074.

“We are very thankful to organizations that help contribute to the education and success of our students,” said RCSD Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams. “This generous funding made possible by both and Ripple will help us in our continuing efforts to provide the best opportunities for our students. We are all very grateful for this generous support.”

This is the first time in the 18-year history of that a donor has funded every project on the site. Stephen Colbert revealed the news on Tuesday’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert , and the organization celebrated all of the funded teachers on social media using the hashtag #BestSchoolDay .

“At Ripple, we care about giving back to our community, and we collectively value the importance of quality education in developing the next generation of leaders,” said Monica Long, SVP of Marketing at Ripple. “We’re proud to work with to support classroom needs across the country.”

“We are awestruck by the generosity of the Ripple team,” said Charles Best, founder of . “Our country’s teachers and school leaders work so hard to give their students the best education possible, and we’re excited to recognize and reward their efforts with #BestSchoolDay.”

As new projects appear on , donors can search for projects from the Rochester City School District by visiting , clicking “Find a classroom to support,” and typing in the local school or teacher name. Teachers can create a new project by visiting .

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