Nick Jonas is the Staples Back to School Ambassador for the #ThinkItUp program

Think It Up: New Site to Fund Student Passion Projects, Receives $10 million pledge from Staples

Students can change the future. You can be part of it.  Today, Staples pledged $10 million to Think It Up. Think It Up is a nonprofit supported by the Entertainment Industry,, and Staples. We can help our students create, invent, and share their projects — AND RECEIVE FUNDING! I’m so excited!

According to the press release,

Through Think It Up, students will be able to work with their teachers to identify passion projects for their classrooms. Through this collaborative learning process, student-powered, teacher-led projects will be crowdfunded on

Even cooler, the representative for Think It Up is Nick Jonas. He will be sharing the story of Think It Up in a series of public service announcements.

Passion projects are going mainstream. This mechanism to help kids fund their projects is now in place. It has the support of many great organizations. This emphasis on students is exactly why I’m representing Staples as their Back to School Ambassador.

Now, we need your support. There are two ways teachers can help.

  1. Plan to help your students create and propose their own passion projects to do in your classroom this fall. Put Think It Up in your lesson plans and passion projects for this year.
  2. You can donate at your local Staples store

I love this promotion because it puts students in the driver’s seat of their own passion projects. This is where they belong.

So, parents, friends, everyone you know, start talking to kids about their passions. Help them create projects. And let’s get these projects funded. Who knows what they’ll dream up?

Want to know more?

We’re hosting a Twitter party this Thursday 7/9/2015 at 7pm using the #StaplesForStudents RSVP at this link:

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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