RAFT Partners With Microsoft to Strengthen Educational Impact in the Society

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RAFT chosen as one of three non-profits in the Bay Area for broad impact on the education of children

Microsoft offers RAFT a substantial grant in technology services

Microsoft offers RAFT a substantial grant in technology services

Microsoft's support of RAFT will allow us to offer new workshops for educators focused on the latest versions of Microsoft's productivity software

Microsoft is expanding its reach in Silicon Valley by opening retail stores and partnering with local non-profit organizations including Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) to strengthen educational impact in the society.

The technology giant, one of RAFT’s long standing partners, is committed to building community support for non-profits, by working to improve learning for children. In celebration of the store launch, the Seattle based tech company has offered RAFT a substantial grant in technology resources, valued at up to $350,000.

Jeremy Champlin, RAFT IT Specialist says, "Microsoft's support of RAFT will allow us to offer new workshops for educators focused on the latest versions of Microsoft's productivity software. Not just here in Silicon Valley but also in Sacramento and Denver, Colorado where our two affiliates are located. Our staff will be more efficient allowing more time to be focused on serving the needs of our educators.”

RAFT, recognized as a leader in the educational arena for its ‘hands-on’ methods of learning, has benefited by this collaboration over the years. With partners like Microsoft, RAFT is able to work efficiently toward its mission - ‘to help educators transform a child’s learning experience through ‘hands-on’ education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning’.

RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), a non-profit organization was founded in 1994 in California, USA. RAFT’s main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. As Mary Simon, RAFT Founder & Executive Director states, “If kids don’t learn the way we teach, then we have to teach them the way they learn.”

Learning by doing. This simple yet powerful concept has been RAFT’s objective since its inception. ‘Hands-on’ education translates abstract and complex subjects by incorporating activities that help children learn by doing. This ignites their interest, nurtures their natural curiosity, and also helps maintain a lifelong love of learning.

RAFT’s mission is to help educators transform a child’s learning experience through ‘hands-on’ education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. We are doing this today with some 10,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT’s products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development and mentoring) and low-cost teaching supplies enrich and improve the education of over 825,000 young people each year.

To provide kits and materials at low cost, the organization has developed an innovative supply chain process that converts commonly found or discarded materials from the business community into "hands-on" project kits, all built with the help of thousands of volunteers.

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