Amenia teacher wants to help students’ voices “fly”

It’s back-to-school season, and teachers are spending an average of $500 out of their own pockets on classroom resources to go above and beyond for their students. Mr. Wiener, a teacher at Webutuck High School in Amenia, has a unique idea on how to help sound “fly” for his students. In his own words:

“Our students love music! We’ve all been to events in school auditoriums where the sound was challenging at best. This is especially difficult for people with hearing disabilities or audio stimulus difficulties. Our students need to be able to clearly hear and understand what is being presented to them in our auditorium, and student presenters and performers should be able to rely on the fact that their voice and message will be clearly heard. This project is for frames which will help us hang the speakers or “fly” the array which helps the PA sound its best in different situations. Our auditorium is the heart of our district where we host a wide array of concerts, presentations, musicals, plays, talent shows and special events. Thanks for helping us better serve our students ears & voices!”

He is asking the public for help. You can support his project here.

Mr. Wiener is among over 33,000 teachers from New York public schools who have had projects funded on New York teachers have raised $74 million from nearly 282,000 donors to fund over 122,000 classroom project requests. These projects have inspired our community of donors to reach across state borders; 38% of the donations to New York projects have come from outside of the state.

At, we make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx history teacher in 2000, more than 3 million people and partners have given $845 million to projects reaching 34 million students. Unique among education funding platforms, the team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school to ensure full transparency. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Here is a 1-minute clip of Stephen Colbert explaining