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Geocachers Support GPS Education through Referrals

Karla

A letter by a young student helped lead a campaign to put GPS devices in the hands of school kids. Together, geocachers raised more than $9,000 for Donorschoose.org.

Geocachers simply had to introduce a friend  to geocaching, who created an account (basic or premium) and logged a cache in June. For every new referral Groundspeak donated a dollar  to Donorschoose.org.  A total of $9,135 will now be given to the charity. Donorschoose.org connects teachers with donors to fulfill classroom needs.

Karl's thank you letter to Groundspeak

Karla helped lead the charge in the referral program. She attends a low income elementary school in Texas and a member of the after-school technology club, Tech-Click. In 2009, Groundspeak provided three GPS devices to Karla’s club through DonorsChoose.org. Those three GPS devices allowed Karla and others in her club to learn about latitude, longitude, spatial concepts and more. Karla sent us this letter to thank us for the donation.

Signal donation thermometer

Geocachers took part in the referral program to offer more  opportunities involving technology to more students like Karla. On June 1st, Geocachers began to track the progress of the program on the Signal donation thermometer found on the Geocaching.com blog, Latitude 47.   Cachers nearly reached the $10,000 goal. But this won’t be the only chance to help raise money for charity through geocaching.

Next year, geocachers will take on another referral challenge. They again will be able to help those in need by sharing geocaching with friends and family. Stay tuned to this blog for more information. Thank you to all the geocachers who helped school kids through Donorschoose.org. We’ll share any more thank you letters with you  – especially if they are as endearing as Karla’s letter.

 

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  • Anna

    Wow! You all are amazing! On behalf of everyone here at DonorsChoose.org, thank you so much for your generosity. I know you will make many students’ days by helping them get the GPS devices they’re requesting.

    All the best,
    Anna Doherty
    DonorsChoose.org

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Anna,
    The geocaching community is amazing and loves to help – especially sharing the joy and wonder of caching with kids. Plus – Karla’s note was so hysterical and endearing. Thank you for providing DonorsChoose.org as a powerful and direct link to serve the needs of students.


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