Benjamin’s 2nd birthday is already here, and you all know that a new year comes with new challenges and opportunities for growth. Benjamin the Owl has left the nest, stretched his wings, and leveled up his game in helping teachers gain increased recognition, support, and compensation for their invaluable contributions to our communities that often go unappreciated. Through programs like Take a Teacher to Lunch and Classroom Support Teams, Benjamin has been off to a great start supporting teachers, but we know Benjamin needs the proper nourishment and direction for his continued success.
To really help Benjamin out, we need your help to contribute to the only birthday present he so graciously requested: an awesome fundraiser to help teachers! Benjamin says we need to ‘help support students by supporting teachers,’ and this fundraiser is going to make all that happen and more.
Help us finish the Puzzle! The closer we reach our goal of $1500 the faster we can help Benjamin celebrate his birthday! (Check back on the social media pages to see the progress we make!)
You can help donate by contributing through Facebook or through our website if you do not have a facebook account.
Donations of $100 or more will gain a VIP invite to Benjamin’s Birthday Party!!
Be sure to follow Benjamin and MDTP on the social media here!
Who is Benjamin?
Benjamin the Owl was born in an abandoned roost in Central Phoenix. With very little guidance from his parents, Benjamin felt neglected and was unsure of his purpose when the day would eventually come to spread his wings and leave the nest. Benjamin was a lonely owl at school. He was extremely intelligent and kind, but nobody wanted to befriend him. One day, Benjamin was approached by a teacher that inspired him to use his incredible smarts to help provide for his parents and attend college. This teacher also helped Benjamin make friendships that he thought were inaccessible. Benjamin was ever grateful for this teacher, who upon further examination was struggling to pay the bills and her voice neglected. The moment Benjamin realized that a teacher’s job to educate and inspire wasn’t being taken seriously by society, he found his passion and his purpose for his life. Benjamin has been a teacher’s greatest ally for two years. His philosophy on bettering the conditions of teachers consists of three pillars: recognition, support, and compensation. By bettering these three areas, teachers only feel more passionate and inspired by their work, and can provide a higher quality of education for their talented students. Benjamin always says that “we support students by supporting teachers.” Benjamin is looking towards expanding his mission by taking the good fight nationwide in the next few years so he can impact as many teacher’s as possible. However, as superb an owl Benjamin is, he is only one owl and cannot do everything alone. Benjamin needs help spreading his message, and you can help by supporting the work of MDTP by donating, volunteering, or even directly working for the growing organization.
If you want to learn more about Million Dollar Teacher Project and the great work it’s doing with Benjamin, check out this short, but inspiring video!