Welcome to our new Thank a Teacher campaign! We are taking our cancelled annual fundraising event Spring For Teachers online and to the community to show our gratitude, and raise support for our Teacher Grants program.

School staff in Portland (teachers as well as ed techs, librarians, social workers, food services staff, maintenance crews, principals and others) are going above and beyond in this era of distance learning.

We want to share stories about the great work they are doing AND raise money for teachers at the same time.
Each year the Foundation for Portland Public Schools’ Equity and Innovation Teacher Grants program allows teachers to apply for up to $1000 for enrichment of their classrooms and instruction. Now due to the switch to remote learning, inequities are growing and teachers’ needs are changing all the time. Teachers need support for innovations in the classroom more than ever. All Thank a Teacher donations support this program.

How can you Thank a Teacher?A donation to Thank a Teacher recognizes, rewards, and supports teachers’ work to inspire students and respond to their needs.  Give us the teacher’s name with your donation, and we will give that teacher a shout out on social media and a personal thank you email.

Look out for posts about Thank a Teacher on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share these with other Portlanders. You can also repost or retweet and add your own #ThankATeacher shout out, story or video to the original posts. Be sure to tag us:

For ideas for your own video, check out these thank a teacher videos below!

Portland Public Schools staff is always amazing, but during this era of virtual learning they have gone above and beyond teaching, connecting and caring for our students. These have been challenging times. Our teachers need your support more than ever!

Thank them with a donation to the Teacher Grants program, which provides funds directly to teachers for innovative and creative projects to enhance learning. Each year the Foundation for Portland Public Schools Equity and Innovation Teacher Grants program allows teachers to apply for up to $1000 for enrichment of their classrooms and instruction. Now due to the switch to remote learning, inequities are growing and teachers’ needs are changing all the time. A gift to the Teacher Grants program recognizes, rewards, and supports teachers’ work to inspire students and respond to their needs.

What you can do to increase your impact:

  • Tell us the teacher(s) name with your donation so we can give a shout out to them on social media and an email letting them know about the donation and thanking them.
  • Post a video, photo, or story with the hashtag #ThankATeacher and share on social media. Be sure to tag us!

We are all in this together! Thank you for your thank you!