Google donates nearly $200,000 to Greater Kansas City area schools

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – On Wednesday, Google announced they are fully funding the classroom requests of every Greater Kansas City area teacher on the education crowd-funding site

As a result of Google’s $194,370.90 donation, 152 Kansas City area teachers will receive materials for their 13,842 students; ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes.

“We are thrilled to partner with to support all of the classroom projects of teachers here in the Kansas City area. We owe a lot to our teachers and want to thank them for being a constant source of inspiration,” said Rachel Merlo, Community Manager for Google Fiber KC.

On, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and donors support the projects that inspire them. Among the projects funded on Wednesday morning were Ms. Boltz’s request for science centers to get her students excited about science and Mrs. Rhinehart’s request to create a classroom digital storytelling center.

“We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of “This is a great day for Kansas City classrooms.”

On Wednesday morning, 175 projects were funded in Cass, Clay, Franklin, Jackson, Lafayette, Linn and Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

Google posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.

In the past few months, Google has announced similar “flash funding” campaigns in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Austin.

In addition to their project funding initiatives, Google has also supported several programs over the years, including the AP STEM Access program, which launched over 500 new AP STEM courses at high poverty schools nationwide.

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