If you have a player 2, you probably know exactly what next Tuesday, February 14 means.
And if you're rolling it single player style, you've probably been bombarded with enough frustratingly pink reminders (and heart-melting stories like the ones we posted yesterday) that you know what's coming, too--and you'd like to set something frilly on fire.
Whether it's your heart or spleen set ablaze by Valentine's Day, let's turn this energy into something positive for classrooms and kids who need supplies and materials!
Yes, it's time for our fourth annual DonorsChoose.org project Geek<3, and we're counting on you to help us decide where to donate our $1,000.
Just like last year, we're donating a total of $1,000 to classrooms as part of our year-long goal to give $1,000 a month to charitable organizations in 2012. (Here's our wrap-up for 2011.) Your votes will determine which classrooms we give to, in order of popularity, until we hit the $1,000 mark.
And just like last year, your vote will enter you to win a $100 gift certificate... but we know that's not why you'll vote. You'll vote because you care about educating the next crop of geeks. Because you're awesome.
How to vote (and enter to win) in Project Geek<3:
So go pick your favorite classroom and share those warm geek fuzzies! We'll report back here with more on the big <3 day.
2/13 11:55 AM ET A handful of front-runners have emerged. Here are the top 5 classes so far, and comments from voters:
Kazoo Crew, Part Two: We're On the Move and Growing, Ms. Taylor in Collierville, TN
Voter comment: "AN ODE TO THE KAZOO CREW
Oh how we love the kazoo
Inside we are the same, even if we are white, black, green, yellow or even blue.
When we play with you, and we harmonize,
that is when we begin to realize,
that working together, like birds of a feather,
we can laugh, play, sing, and create beautiful friendships too!!!"
Whimsical Paintings on Canvas, Ms. Griffith in Phoenix, AZ
Voter comment: "Oh how I wish I had an art teacher like this when I was in school. She has had so many wonderful, inspiring projects!"
Making Math Meaningful, Mr. Hall in Bakersfield, CA
Voter comment: "Mr. Hall is a fantastic teacher and although I believe that all teachers are great. I'm hoping that the winning class goes to him. Because he is all heart and truly cares about his kids as a teacher an a special place in his heart."
Help Us Get Our Instruments Fixed!, Mr. Bieda in Indianapolis, IN
Voter comment: "Mr. Bieda is an amazing band director. He has NO budget for his music program and Donors Choose is his lifeline to helping his students become better musicians! Thank you for having this promotion and for giving Mr. Bieda an opportunity to improve his band by repairing his instruments!"
Interactive Software Makes Preschool More Interactive!, Ms. Ramsay in Rio Linda, CA
Voter comment: "My son is in this classroom. He has autism. I know that these materials will greatly benefit him as well as the other children in his class."