Copernicus Gives $50,000 to Teachers Through

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Leading educational supply manufacturer pledges to give year round in hard-hitting 2010

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RSS, a national nonprofit organization that links teachers, schools and districts with donors of new or used goods and in-kind services, today announced Copernicus’ largest giving program to date. The manufacturer has donated approximately $50,000 in educational products to 66 schools nationwide through the Nonprofit, and it is not stopping there.

Copernicus’ Director of Sales and Marketing John Gerrard says, “We know that helping out teachers isn’t strictly a seasonal or back-to-school activity. They need our support year round, so we’ll continue to make donations via throughout the year.” has created an online donation service that operates at zero cost to teachers and hands over total control to donors. Businesses choose which teachers or schools are eligible for the donation (based on free lunch status, location, etc.). Donation history is stored in the donor dashboard, along with the total value of items donated and the number of students served.

Additionally, each business can become a ClassroomFriend by creating a Web page, linked to, which can be used to raise money, materials and awareness for teachers and schools. Customers directed to the company’s ClassroomFriend page can make donations to the featured teacher(s) or school(s) and see how much has been raised and how many kids have benefitted from the contributions.

With teachers caught in the ever-tightening vice of budget cuts, they’re turning toward sites like to connect to businesses who are reaching out to classrooms.

Amy Smith, a sixth-grade teacher at Erma Henderson Academy in Detroit, Mich., says,”I received a Soft Organizer Single from Copernicus, which means no more looking through different piles to find a class’s papers.“ Smith continues, “Having a site like is extremely helpful to teachers who work in districts that have very little money to spend on classrooms. Therefore, a lot of materials are purchased by teachers, and this can become very expensive. It’s nice to know that there are people and companies out there that generously donate to teachers in need.”

About Copernicus Educational Products, Inc.
Starting in Founder George Phillips’ basement in 1989, Copernicus grew from a small, family-run operation to what is now the largest educational product manufacturer in North America. Throughout those years, the Company has maintained the same focus on innovative, teacher-driven and child-safe educational products. Its product line includes teaching aids and easels, storage solutions and arts-focused materials. For more information, please visit:

Established in 2003, is the first national web-based nonprofit organization matching schools and teachers with donors of new and used classroom equipment, materials, supplies and in-kind contributions. Our unique Internet-based solution links teachers and schools with donors committed to creating constructive learning environments for America’s preK-12th grade schoolchildren regardless of cultural or economic circumstances. For more information, please visit:


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