Within a few months of signing up for DonorsChoose.org, Steve Schmidt, a third-grade teacher in Vermont, was able to purchase two iPads for his students. Schmidt said he was unsure if the effort would be successful, but he received $1,000 from online donors. "Anybody can donate," said Schmidt, who also used the website to purchase a set of cameras for the classroom. "I've had donations from people I've never met."
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