Faced with having to pay for supplies with their own money, some teachers now are using the website DonorsChoose.org to help pay for classroom supplies, technology and other materials. Jim Bentley, a fifth-grade teacher, logged on to the site after determining that his class needed a camcorder that students could use to film historical documentaries. Unable to pay for the $300 device, Bentley said 14 donors had provided the necessary funding within several days.

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