You know, we here at Bad Astronomy central (and by we I mean me, and by BA Central I mean my house) spend a lot of time and electrons lamenting the state of education in this country. I do what I can to actually do some good out there, and sometimes I ask you guys, my loyal if somewhat goofy readers, for help.
Help.Donors Choose sets up a way for people to give whatever they can directly to classrooms across the United States. The teachers and classes decide what they need, and create a page describing it. Then folks like me can link to an easy-to-use page so that you can contribute as much or little as you want.
I set donation page up to list Math and Science classes with no region specified; they can be from east to west, north to south. But what they all need is a little support.
If you can help, take a look and see which one of the projects tickles your brain. There's also a widget in the right-hand-sidebar of this very BABlog that'll be up the whole time the challenge is running -- that'll save you having to find this page again. And it even has stats of how much people have given so far.
And even better: Hewlett Packard has agreed to match any donation up to $50,000! So whatever you give, twice as much will get to the classroom.
The challenge runs from right now through November 9. To everyone who gives: thanks.