Parents Trade Uniforms, Voice Opinions, and Help DeKalb Schools with Launch of New Site

DeKalb County residents join together to launch -- a community networking site for students, parents, teachers and others to gather and share resources to better DeKalb County Schools.

DeKalb, GA, March 11, 2010 --( In today's economy, it's no surprise that the cost of purchasing uniforms may be a burden on families. makes it easy for DeKalb County parents to donate, buy and sell gently used uniforms and school supplies for cheap or no cost at all. "In six months, I've had to replace my son's school uniforms twice already, not to mention extras such as socks and shoes. I can only imagine how much more difficult it may be for parents with multiple children to keep replacing uniforms and supplies throughout the school year. Many parents that I've spoken to just don't have enough money for it," says Cherie Everett, Donation For Education founder. "I think this website would be of great benefit to families in DeKalb County."

Parents are not the only ones feeling the pinch of the economy. Program cuts, staff furloughs and other budget cuts directly impact teachers and students. School cuts and closings increase class sizes. As class size increase, kids don't receive the individual attention they need and as a result, their academic performance suffers. It's a cycle of frustration for teachers and students. According to a study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, teachers spend an average of $458 of their own money on school supplies. With larger classrooms, teachers end up spending even more money. Through, teachers can submit requests for donations of much needed supplies or volunteers to help with instruction. The community can respond by volunteering or donating the requested items.

Parents and teachers can also voice their opinions through blogs and video. Not only can parents and teachers benefit from, so can DeKalb County students. The Community Tube link, which is a YouTube style video page, allows students to upload and share their tutorial videos. Students can use music and other creative means to teach each other. "Students are better able to learn from one another because they speak the same language," says Cherie. "They will start to take notice when they see their peers participating in something they consider valuable, informative and fun. They can learn from students the same age as them."

Donation for Education is challenging everyone in DeKalb County to donate their ideas, time, resources, etc. The website provides creative ways to unite DeKalb County in support of education without spending money. Families find it more important than ever to stay informed and connected to the issues in the school system and to each other.

Donation For Education
Cherie Everett