hand2mind Commits $100,000 to Match DonorsChoose.org Teacher Requests to Build Student Math Fluency

Education Company Invests in Helping Young Learners Build Math Skills to Prepare for Jobs of the Future

VERNON HILLS, Illinois – September 18, 2018 – hand2mind today announced a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org to help young learners around the country build the math skills necessary to prepare them for the jobs of the future. The company is committed to matching the generous donations used to fund teacher requests on DonorsChoose.org of up to $100,000 for its innovative Daily Math Fluency solution for grades K-5

Closing the skills gap in math is critical to both students’ success in life and the growth of our national economy. Results from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress – The Nation’s Report Card – revealed that students have seen little to no gains in math since 2015. Yet, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that STEM jobs – requiring strong math skills – are projected to grow to 1 million by 2022. hand2mind created Daily Math Fluency to help teachers around the country improve and accelerate math skill development for millions of young learners, preparing them for success in college, our evolving workforce and life.

Launched earlier in 2018, Daily Math Fluency provides K-5 teachers with hands-on learning resources to help their students develop an understanding of basic math facts. The activities in the kits are designed using visual models and manipulatives to support classroom math curriculum without cutting into instructional time.

“At hand2mind, we believe that engaging, hands-on activities will put young learners on the path to becoming mathematical thinkers,” said Bill Chiasson, president, hand2mind. “With DonorsChoose.org as our partner, we now have the opportunity to empower even more elementary teachers across the country to positively impact the lives of students every day.”

Over the past 18 years, DonorsChoose.org sparked a national movement in crowdfunding educational resources and supplies by providing mission-driven donors a powerful platform to transform learning for nearly 30 million students around the country.

“Partnering with organizations, such as hand2mind, allows DonorsChoose.org to put resources in the hands of teachers across the country,” said Vashti Barran, partnerships manager at DonorsChoose.org. “DonorsChoose.org Daily Math Fluency projects will support teachers with resources for accelerating the development of foundational math skills in their classrooms.”

Elementary teachers who wish to submit a project requesting Daily Math Fluency for their classrooms will find the kits on DonorsChoose.org through the Amazon Business link. For more information, visit hand2mind.com/fluency.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, as of September 12, 2018, DonorsChoose.org has raised over $730 million for America's classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, 3 million people and partners have funded 1.2 million projects on the site, reaching nearly 30 million students and making DonorsChoose.org the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast Company's list of the World's Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received such recognition.

About hand2mind
hand2mind believes that children learn by doing. The company’s mission is to champion learning by doing. A privately held company with more than 50 years of experience in education, hand2mind’s hands-on learning solutions for math, science, STEM and literacy are unique in the marketplace—covering manipulatives, lessons, teacher/parent support materials and more. hand2mind is always on the lookout for new ways to tap into students’ natural curiosity and spark an interactive learning process. For more information visit hand2mind.com.