Here is a short video about Mr. Lewis's Rocket Fund experience and the impact it had on his school.
Mr. Lewis is the Head of English at Newstead Wood School. In March 2018, he aimed to raise £700 to buy seven classroom visualisers for his English Department. 40 minutes after going live they hit their target. So they added a stretch target. And another. And another! By the end of their campaign (four weeks later) they had managed to raise a grand total of £7,921.
This film is about their story.
Mr Lewis used the extra money to purchase new PCs for their English classrooms, remote clickers, new projectors (to connect to the visualisers) and Quizlet app teacher subscriptions for the whole department.
The Quizlet apps enable them to “set independent quizzes for [their] students to develop their vocabulary, literacy skills and knowledge of quotations”, while the visualisers and projectors enable the teachers to share students' work and feedback with the whole class.
As well as improving English lessons for the 1,100 students at Newstead Wood School, Mr Lewis reported other significant benefits of the Rocket Fund process. Attracting donations from 197 people, Mr Lewis said that the sense of community spirit the school felt was really exciting. He also enjoyed how it connected parents to what they were doing in the classroom, enabling them to see exactly what he wanted to do and support it if they liked.
"The whole school felt empowered by the support they received and inspired that they can make change happen."Mr. Lewis
Overall, Mr Lewis said the whole fundraising month on Rocket Fund was a period of celebration about how generous their community was and how exciting it was for the school.
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