High School Gaming Club Needs Your Help!
The wife is a high school ESE English and Reading teacher and she is the Club Sponsor (Self-styled Gaming Momma) for her high school’s Gaming Club. What is this gaming club? Well, here’s what she says:
“Gamers and geeks gather biweekly in my classroom for the most fun club on campus: Gaming Club! It’s like a mini-convention twice a week. Gaming Club is a school-sponsored club that does not charge dues to its members nor receive funding for materials from the school. We run entirely on generosity!Geeks, gamers, and nerds: that’s my Gaming Club members.
They love Doctor Who, Adventure Time, and anime. They play Minecraft, MMOs, and Dungeons and Dragons. Some are honors students, some play sports, some have mental and emotional issues that interfere with socializing, some love theater, some have disabilities, some are popular, and some don’t seem to fit in anywhere else. Twice a week, they all come together to laugh, chat, compete, cooperate, and play. They’re gamers, an identity that will last their lifetimes.”
These kids come from all different backgrounds and many come from families below the poverty line. Her school is at the 65 percent level for free or reduced lunches. Her club runs entirely off of donations and what money we can spare from our pay checks to keep it up and running with materials such as games, snacks and the like.
So, what am I asking for? Here’s the wife again:
“Thanks to a generous local donor, we have a Wii and a few games; I’ve had to spend my own money on batteries for the controllers. Rechargeable batteries and a charger will allow us to play less expensively and greener. Most members have not played games beyond video games or family board games; they are eager to play more involved table-top games such as Dungeons and Dragons and strategic board games such as Pandemic.
As a gamer myself, I chose a selections of games I am able to teach them, that are easy to learn, and engaging over time.With many students living in poverty and with few safe activities available for students, most students say they would just go home and play video games alone. With Gaming Club, these students now get to play socially for an hour a day twice a week. We do not collect dues from members nor do we receive funding for materials. Gaming Club runs entirely on the generosity of Fairy Gaming Godparents like you. Teens who otherwise would be isolated come together to enjoy the games they love.”
She has a DonorsChoose.org campaign going right now and is asking for less than three hundred bucks for her gaming club. That brings in a lot of stuff for them to use and on the project page, it even lists what she will be using the money for!
We’re asking for help, be it in the form of donations or boosts, so that we can keep these kids gaming and making friends as well as learning a past time many of us are very passionate about. I have made many friends through a shared love of gaming and I have seen them do the same.
If you would be interested in helping us out, please check out her DonorsChoose.org page: High School Gaming Club Needs Games! Also, remember to use the promocode “SPARK” to double your donation! Donorschoose will match each donation she gets!
Thanks in advance: this means the world to these kids.