The work of Million Dollar Teacher Project is all about supporting STUDENTS by supporting TEACHERS and during this unique time in our state, where we see schools being closed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to make sure we are in position to help students and teachers CONTINUE the LEARNING. We are raising money to launch an education emergency endowment fund called the ‘In Teachers We Trust’ fund.

With the pending prolonged effects of Covid-19 on school campuses, educators and administrators are exploring how they can continue teaching students remotely by creating virtual learning environments. This is a great solution, but in many of our marginalized communities, students still lack proper access to the internet and the technology they would need to effectively participate in a virtual classroom. MDTP wants to assist teachers and students with access. This initiative will be used to make sure students have adequate access to the technology they need (tablets, laptops, internet access, etc.) to participate in virtual learning. Establishing this approach will allow schools, districts and teachers to apply for financial support to aid in getting their students connected through our new TITLE I TECH initiative.

Now, more than ever, we are reminded of the very important work that teachers do everyday and why it is important that we support them in Continuing the Learning. Every dollar donated will go directly towards providing a student with technology or a teacher in need! Thank you for helping us support students by supporting teachers. Together we can Continue the Learning!


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Growing the Tree

Million Dollar Teacher Tree was first developed in a classroom by students in a program called, Next Generation Service Corps at Arizona State University in December of 2017. These students were tasked by Lloyd Hopkins, founder of Million Dollar Teacher project with developing a project that can potentially become an integral part in helping MDTP achieve its mission. The group eventually developed the original prototype for Million Dollar Teacher Tree—a cutout dollar sign that would be placed in surrounding businesses near the partner school. The idea was pitched to staff members of MDTP during the last of their class, and the project was picked up by MDTP as a new pilot program for the organization. After many months of planning, the prototype was eventually revamped into what it is today, Million Dollar Teacher Tree.

Golden Apple

These apples are intended to provide any sort of Professional Development which, in turn, gifts them with key knowledge to add to their personal skill-set to better work with their students.

As educators, teachers are constantly looking to continually grow in their profession to not only learn how to better connect with their students, but to also make the learning experience much more exciting.

Suggested donation amount range: $10 – $100

Red Apple

These apples are designed to provide the typical day-to-day items in the classroom. Teachers spend can spend upwards of $1,000 out of pocket to have enough supplies yearlong for their students– to alleviate this, the Red Apples were created.

Everyday school supplies include; pencils, notebooks, crayons, hand sanitizer, etc.

Green Apple

These apples are intended to provide a big-ticket item for the teachers. These supplies are typically something that the teachers can use for more than one school year.

Examples include; a class-set of computers or new furniture for the classroom.

Suggested donation amount: $500+