Pets of

As an online organization, sometimes we wonder if everyone out there thinks robots run We wanted to let you know that we’re real people, with real pets who run our lives. They’re sassy, goofy, and sometimes they define us just a little too well.   Tolkie (Melissa, Program Manager) Well now that you woke […]

Welcome Elena!

We’re excited to announce the arrival of Elena, our new Intern! Elena is a senior at Hamline University, studying Digital Media Arts and International Journalism. She hopes to use her degree to work as a sound designer for animated films and television, but she also has dreams of becoming a foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker. Ever since she […]

Alerus Mortgage Partners with in Support of Twin Cities’ First-Year Teachers

                     Company donates $15,000 to help teachers equip their classrooms Minneapolis, MN – October 5, 2016 – Minnesota-based, national nonprofit announced today Alerus Mortage’s $15,000 donation to the organization’s Twin Cities’ First Year Teacher Fund. The funds are to be disbursed this November to teachers […]

Vanessa Hudgens’ Big Surprise teamed up with Kohl’s and Vanessa Hudgens to give teachers and students in Los Angeles a BIG surprise during their first week of school. Actress Vanessa Hudgens announced to more than 1,700 students at The Accelerated Schools in L.A. that they would each receive a pair of brand new Nike sneakers. But the students weren’t the […]

Help Us Raise a Hand for First-Year Teachers!

Many first-year teachers are walking into nearly empty classrooms this fall, only to find out that they’re responsible for stocking them with supplies. This problem affects both teachers and their students, so is lending a hand with our Twin Cities, MN and Columbus, OH First-Year Teacher Funds. With these funds, new teachers working for Twin Cities, Minnesota and Columbus, […]

Beyond The Backpack: Preparing Kindergartners for Success in School

In August, parents make costly back-to-school purchases for their children or students. It’s an annual tradition for many. But many parents are unable to provide their children with supplies they need for school. On Saturday, August 6 Nick Jr., Mall of America and alleviated some of the financial burden at the Beyond the Backpack event. Together, our three […]

Subaru Partners with to Help Classrooms in Need

Subaru of America is committed to making the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible. That is why Subaru, its retailers, and are partnering together this August as part of the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to help bring classroom supplies to students across the country. Each classroom supply kit will include […]

A Note from Executive Director Ann Ness

Hello! I am honored to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of  I am very excited to join an organization that has a mission that is both inspirational AND impactful: we give teachers a hand by providing much-needed classroom supplies to help their students learn and succeed. When I tell people that teachers […]

Beyond the Rally: A Conversation with Sheryl Crow

In February, Sheryl Crow and surprised Kennett High School teachers and students at a morning pep rally. With the help of Farmer’s Insurance, we awarded each teacher $600 for classroom supplies.   Today Show for their Show Heart Today series. After the Pep Rally, Sheryl sat down with Chief Operating Officer of, Ann Pifer, […]

Art Institutes Honors Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, The Art Institutes and acknowledged nine Twin Cities teachers for their outstanding work. South High School, Patrick Henry High School, and Highland Park High School each received a $1000 donation to purchase supplies for their honored teachers’ classrooms. The Arts Institutes International Minneapolis President Jennifer Sorenson and Executive Director Ann […]

Star Teachers Get Quite the Surprise in North Minneapolis celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with a BIG surprise for teachers. Check out this segment on our local station in Minneapolis, KARE 11 News, to see the surprise in action. On Teacher Appreciation Day, joined KARE 11 to surprise five Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary School teachers in their classroom. We were on a mission to recognize “NAZ Star Teachers” and […]

Welcome Devon!

We’re excited to announce the arrival of Devon, our new Public Relations Intern! Last May, Devon graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he received a degree in Writing Studies with an emphasis in Professional Writing. He hopes to use his degree to obtain a grant writing position for a nonprofit organization. Before joining, Devon was an intern journalist for […]