DC2’s virtual dual language teacher continues to be amazing. So we thought, why wait for teacher conferences (and will we even have parent teacher conferences this year?), let’s donate to her classroom now. And since there’s only one teacher instead of two, we’ll just give her the full amount.
I figured we’d just go to giftcardmall (not sponsored) and order two $500 cards as per usual, but alas, they only allow up to $250 now. There is one company that does still allow $500 cards, but Walmart doesn’t accept purchases over $50 from them and the internet is full of complaints about numbers being stolen and the cards being made useless.
We emailed the principal at the home school for the teacher and confirmed that gift cards are still the best way to donate and that we could donate anonymously through her. Yes and yes.
After a lot of going back and forth, I decided that the risk wasn’t worth it and paid the extra money to get 4 cards for $250 each instead of 2 cards for $500. That also meant I had to pay extra for shipping, but shipping was safer. The cards came a few days later. I stuck all 4 giftcards into one of the greeting cards they sent, added a note explaining, taped up the greeting card envelope, stuck it in one of those pronged envelopes which I also closed and wrote the teacher’s name c/o the principal’s name on the outside. Then DH dropped it off at her home base elementary school.
Shipping + fees = $34.75.
I feel really silly for having to do this– four cards seems silly. Spending $35 to convert money into (riskier) plastic money seems silly. But… doing it this way does allow the teacher to circumvent having to use approved suppliers or get bids. And I’m so short on time this semester that I was willing to pay it just to stop having to think about the best solution.
This will probably be the last time we do this since 5th grade is in middle school and there are multiple teachers. Donations will go back to being in the form of kleenex/paper towels/wipes, assuming there’s a vaccine by then.