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1. Lunchroom Decorations

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2. Teacher Prize Give Away

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3. Catered Lunch

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What is Take a Teacher to Lunch?

Take a Teacher to Lunch (TTL) is an initiative we launched to turn teacher recognition into a year-round, sustained effort. Teaching is a thankless job and there are thousands of teachers, each year, who go unappreciated and unrecognized. TTL is our way to fix that. Our goal is to bring this program to every school district in the state of Arizona, in some capacity, by the end of 2028. This is your chance to help.

Program Impact

Since 2016, we have hosted 45 TTL events in 14 school districts at 25 schools and have impacted over 1,000 Title 1 school educators and over 35,000 students through our work with teachers.

Take a Teacher to Lunch Reaches Teachers Throughout Maricopa County

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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+