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Teacher Uses Website to Get New iPad For Class

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Getting money for projects and programs can be tough for local teachers and non-profit groups.

Many are now turning to a social media trend called crowdfunding to find donors.

"700 dollars. I'm I going to be able to get that much money, third grade teacher Catherine Metz said she asked herself when she realized how much it would cost to buy an iPad.

It took only three days and 14 donors

"By Wednesday afternoon, I had gotten an email say that we had gotten enough donors, she said.

To make her third grade class proud owners of a new iPad.

"It puts different projects up for teachers and then allows them to get donors to pay for the projects, she said.

The website is, where public school teachers post class project requests like pencils or microscopes and anyone can donate.

It's called crowdfunding which, simply put, is a website designed specifically for fundraising.

Folks from the Cedar Rapids Entrepreneurial Development center say it's all a sign of how social media connects people and projects.

"It's really about getting people from all over the country to be able to participate in funding someone else's activity, said Curt Nelson, President and CEO of EDC.

For Catherines students that activity is using an iPad at school.

"I was excited, said Ethan.

"It's just really cool, said John.

"It's also a great way for us to learn new things, said Emily.

Catherine who says teachers often spend their own money to buy supplies for their classrooms has a message for anyone who donated.

"Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, she said.

Catherine is also going to get the 22 students in her class to write thank you notes to the 14 donors who helped them get the iPad.
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