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More than 7,000 gift cards redeemed for L.A. classroom projects

January 25, 2012 | 10:42 pm

Two days after $10 gift cards for a website allowing teachers to seek funding for classroom projects were handed out at Starbucks locations, more than 7,000 have been redeemed, the Wasserman Foundation said.

The foundation had handed out the cards to Starbucks customers -- as well as thousands more to parents -- as a part of a $4-million donation to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

But instead of simply handing money over to the schools, the foundation gave gift cards to DonorsChooseLA.org so that parents and community members could contribute to classroom projects of their own choosing.

The foundation began handing out the gift cards at Starbucks locations Monday. Since then, 7,189 Angelenos have redeemed the cards, spending $71,890 on projects in two days. The foundation says more than 87,000 students are in classes that have benefited from the donations.

Overall, the foundation said that more than 54,000 L.A. Unified parents have redeemed gift cards. More than 4,800 classroom projects have been fully funded, and an additional almost 3,300 have been partially funded.


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