Since the day our company was founded in 1997, classrooms have been the home and heart of the MAGNA-TILES brand. That’s why today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with AdoptAClassroom.org to provide Meaningful Play experiences to high-needs classrooms across our hometown community.
Many Classrooms Are in Crisis
Every student deserves access to resources that spark their curiosity, nurture their creativity, and build important problem-solving skills. Unfortunately, far too many children are lacking even the most basic school supplies. 80% of teachers said that their students’ families are having a harder time paying for school supplies today. When families can’t pay for supplies, teachers step up to meet the need by spending an average of $860 annually out-of-pocket.
Why are teachers spending so much of their own money? This past school year, teachers received a median classroom budget of $200. That’s only $8 worth of school supplies per student in a classroom with 25 children. This simply isn’t enough.
The Perfect Partner
AdoptAClassroom.org is helping advance equity in education, one classroom at a time. Last year alone, they directly supported over 19,000 classrooms (90% of which were high-needs) and 432,000 children across the US. Donations to AdoptAClassroom.org help transform classrooms, by providing flexible funding that empowers teachers to create engaging learning environments for their students. We are honored and humbled to play a role in helping AdoptAClassroom.org make a difference that lasts far beyond the classroom walls.
This year, MAGNA-TILES has donated more than $60,000 to fund over 200 high-needs PreK classrooms in Chicago Public Schools. These funds will be used to purchase essential school supplies. In addition, to help teachers foster students’ creative learning and play, we’ve gifted each classroom with three large MAGNA-TILES sets.
More to Come!
This exciting partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org is a critical part of the MAGNA-TILES brand’s “Making a Meaningful Impact” initiative, which is our commitment to spreading the joy of Meaningful Play to children and communities across the world.