If you have one dollar to spare, Mandy Springer would like you to send it her way. The second grade teacher at Lansing's Kendon Elementary School is raising one million dollars, one dollar at a time, to send kids to college.
She was inspired by Bill Gates, a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, talking about the educational crisis in the United States. "I thought, if kids could just stay in school and they had an incentive to stay; maybe it could turn things around a little bit," she says.
One year later, Springer launched a Web site and "The Mandy Springer Project."
"I was a struggler in school," she says. In high school, in fact, on the ACT, Springer scored a 14. "It was a very proud moment for my family," she says sarcastically. Her parents are both educators and they made her take the test again. "I got a 13," she says, laughing now.
Her personal story is posted on her Web site, for all of the world to read because she knows people can relate and some kids just need help. "I sat here for 13 years and saw kids leave my room and I think she had so much potential," she says. Now she has something to say to them, "You want to go to college? Then graduate and come find me and I'll help you."
Springer has collected nearly $200 since she launched her Web site last month. To donate your dollar, go to www.mandyspringer.com.