Financing the Future

Learning on the Edge is a two year program for fourth and fifth grade students at Monroe Elementary in Bermuda Dunes, CA. The program was established by Nathan Manderfeld in the Fall of 2009 to promote 21st century literacy within the public school. Its philosophy stems from the idea that students are more than a test score. Learning on the Edge graduated its first class last spring. That class' iAM project was honored in July by Microsoft and will be representing the United States this November in Washington DC at the World Innovative Education Forum. Mr. Manderfeld is now starting with a new group of fourth graders and it is time to take the learning to the next level.

The next level is to move to one to one computing. This means providing each child with laptop. Having a laptop as an eight year old may seem a bit excessive to some, but to me it is essential. Let me briefly explain. I often hear it said that today's kids already know how to use technology. It is said that these "digital natives" are born into a world where they grow up instinctively knowing how to use technology. This is partially true. They do know how to play video games and text their friends, but they know very little about how to use these powerful tools for creativity, productivity, and collaboration. It is my goal to get a laptop in each child's hand. I want to teach them how to use everything from Microsoft's OneNote to keep digital, interactive, collaborative notes to MIT's Scratch for basic computer programming and higher order thinking. I can assure you that any money donated by you will not go to waste. I passionately believe that when much is given much is expected and that is the way I treat each dollar that is given to Learning on the Edge. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas on where the money is going please contact me at or call me at (760) 880-1172.

Financing the Future: How it Works

Mr. Manderfeld is working in conjunction with Monroe Elementary's Parent Teacher Organization which is a licensed 501 non-profit organization. The goal is to raise $10,000 to subsidize, maintain, and support the purchase of laptops for the two year program. Families will be given a choice of various laptops to purchase for the program. The money donated will go to meeting families with financial need half way. This would mean providing up to $250 to subsidize the purchase of the laptop. Families requesting assistance will be asked to write a brief letter explaining their need.

How Can I Help?

1. Write a check payable to Monroe PTO in care of Financing the Future
2. Donate directly through PayPal
3. Come to or volunteer at one of the upcoming fundraisers
4. Tell a friend...

Thank you so much for your interest and support. Your dollars are truly Financing the Future.


Nathan Manderfeld
4/5 Teacher Monroe Elementary

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