DonorsChoose.org, the award-winning nonprofit website where teachers and donors connect to help students, has distributed $7,500 worth of classroom resources to public schools in North and South Carolina as the result of a grant from Speedway Children's Charities.

Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children, and hosts a wide range of fundraising events and promotions across the country throughout the year to raise donations for qualified 501(c)(3) charities. Founded by Bruton Smith in 1982, the organization has expanded to include chapters at each of the seven Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks across the country, including Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

For the DonorsChoose.org grant, Speedway Children's Charities funded $7,500 in requests submitted by teachers in predominantly high-need schools in counties surrounding Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Counties receiving classroom resource funding through the Speedway Children's Charities grant include:
- North Carolina: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Union, Stanly, Rowan
- South Carolina: York, Chester, Union

DonorsChoose.org was founded in 2000 by a young teacher at a Bronx high school, and has been recognized as "America's most innovative charity" by the Stanford Business School and Amazon.com. Since DonorsChoose.org launched in North Carolina in 2003, more than $1.7 million has gone to benefit 128,688 students across the state. Similarly, $834,216 worth of resources has gone to South Carolina public schools, benefiting 77,560 students, since the program launched there in 2005.

"The Speedway Children's Charities grant supplied new easels for an elementary school in Charlotte, science lab materials for a school in Gaston, N.C., and new books for students in Union, S.C.," said Katie Bisbee, executive director of DonorsChoose.org, Atlantic Region. "And that's just a few examples of the supplies public school classrooms received as a direct result of the generosity of Speedway Children's Charities."

The DonorsChoose.org grant was distributed as part of the $700,000 Speedway Children's Charities handed out in December 2007 to benefit 66 children's charity groups in the Charlotte region. Since the organization began, more than $20 million has been given to benefit children's causes across each of its chapter's regions.

"Speedway Children's Charities - Charlotte Chapter found it was important and within our mission to provide a new grant to DonorsChoose.org this year to help worthy projects that were in need of funds to provide additional educational resources for classrooms in our surrounding communities," said Amanda Hollingsworth, Charlotte chapter director for Speedway Children's Charities.

"I love DonorChoose.org because it gives teachers and lower income students a chance to receive additional educational tools that they otherwise could not afford. DonorChoose.org is also a great opportunity for donors to see how their money is spent. Donations don't have to be large, which enables everyone to help make a difference in the education of a child," said Mary-Margaret Vogel, Charlotte chapter trustee for Speedway Children's Charities.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000 by a young teacher at a Bronx high school, DonorsChoose.org has been recognized as "America's most innovative charity" by the Stanford Business School and Amazon.com. Over 36,933 public school teachers across the U.S. have used the site to secure funding for $19 million of books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. For more information, go to www.donorschoose.org.

About Speedway children's Charities
Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, they best affect children's lives by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that children's needs are met and that no child is left behind regardless of illness, social environment or disability. For more information please visit www.speedwaycharities.org.