Charlotte, N.C. - Celebrities and business leaders across the U.S. gave more than 14 million dollars to help classrooms across America this Thursday. Here in the Charlotte area, Red Ventures CEO helped pay for nearly 300 projects in both North and South Carolina schools.
From new technology to school supplies, teachers use a website called donorschoose.org to crowd-fund things schools just can't afford.
"This is my first year in third grade so I needed more resources so I went on there to add some books and magazines on donors choose,” said Kristen Gaudioso.
Often times teachers are left pulling money from their own pockets to get what their students need.
"If I find a child who's interested in dinosaurs, I’m going to get dinosaurs books. If we're out of notebooks, I’m going to get the notebooks. It adds up. I would say on a yearly basis it's at least a thousand dollars," said Mary Strawderman.
From Heath Springs South Carolina to Huntersville, hundreds of teachers are getting the books, arts supplies, and field trips they've been asking for.
"Just a few minutes ago my principal came and told me my project had been funded. It was pretty exciting," said Strawderman.
On Thursday, Ric Elias, head of Red Ventures, paid for nearly three hundred projects. Five of them were at Elon Park elementary school.
"I was thinking that I wasn't going to get it funded. I thought it would be rolled over to next year. I'm overwhelmed. I'm really excited," said Gaudioso.
She says she'll get new book bins and a rug for students to sit on. Mary Strawderman will be getting two new mac books.
"It was a really cool surprise I didn't expect today," said Strawderman.
"I'm really excited about it. I can't wait to get it," said Gaudioso.
We asked to speak with the Red Ventures CEO, but we were told he was away on business and unavailable.