Program FAQ

FAQ

  • What is the relationship between MyClassNeeds and Best Buy?

    The My Class Needs Foundation (MyClassNeeds) is a registered Canadian charity. MyClassNeeds is an independent organization, and is not controlled or run by Best Buy Canada. MyClassNeeds purchases classroom resrouces with funds provided by Best Buy Canada.

  • Does Best Buy pick projects or decide what gets funded?

    MyClassNeeds reviews projects to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria, verify the costing, etc. The applications are never sent to, reviewed or vetted by Best Buy.

  • Is there advertising in the classroom as a component of the program?

    There is NO advertising in schools as a part of this or any other MyClassNeeds program and teachers are never required to talk to their students about the program sponsor. The resources teachers receive for their projects and the packaging contain no Best Buy Canada branding, unless teachers request their items to be specifically purchased from Best Buy Canada.

  • Do teachers have to communicate with Best Buy Canada? Do kids have to write Thank-You cards to Best Buy Canada?

    MyClassNeeds is the point of contact for teachers regarding their projects, from submission to delivery of resources and follow-up. Teachers do not communicate with Best Buy Canada. When a project is fully funded, MyClassNeeds purchases the resources and ships them to the school.

    Applicants who receive resources are required to complete a closeout package for MyClassNeeds which includes a brief report (less than one page) on how the resources are being used in the classroom and thank you cards (for donors who gave more than $50). The closeout package is not provided to Best Buy Canada by MyClassNeeds or the teacher. Thank you cards are not addressed to a specific donor, instead they are addressed anonymously (e.g. “Dear Donor…” or simply “Thank You…”). This is a requirement of all projects funded through MyClassNeeds regardless of how projects are funded or whether they are part of a sponsored program.

  • What does the initiative involve?

    My Class Needs will use Best Buy Canada donation to fund eligible classroom projects. All classroom project requests must be approved by My Class Needs to be eligible for funding.

  • Who can participate?
    Educators

    Educators participate by submitting classroom project requests between September 29, 2017 and October 30, 2017 on MyClassNeeds.ca. Projects must be for a class at the 9-12 level located in Canada and must receive the majority of their operating funding from public sources to be eligible to participate. Classroom project requests must be submitted by individual educators. Project requests are eligible for funding only if material costs associated with the project are $1,000 or less per project (before fees/taxes). Projects must meet My Class Needs eligibility requirements, which can be found at: https://myclassneeds.ca/en/initiative/best-buy-2017/eligibility/ .

    General Public

    Members of the general public can participate and independently fund classroom projects on the MyClassNeeds.ca website by making an individual donation, however there is no obligation or requirement to do so.

     
  • How are projects posted and made available for funding?

    My Class Needs will review each classroom project request submitted to confirm that the project and submitter meets the eligibility requirements. Once My Class Needs approves the classroom project request, My Class Needs will post the project on its website and the project will be available for funding.

  • How are projects funded?

    The project funding period begins on September 29, 2017 and ends on October 26, 2017 or once all funds have been distributed. Eligible project requests will be funded on a rotating basis by eligible school by the order in which they are received and posted on MyClassNeeds.ca. Once projects are funded, the materials/supplies for the funded project will be fulfilled and distributed by My Class Needs.

    The full funding process is as follows:

    Requests for projects that focus on STEM will be funded on a rotating basis by the order in which they are received and posted on MyClassNeeds.ca per eligible school in an eligible district. The order of the eligible school rotation is initially determined by the earliest date a complete project request for the eligible project is received within an eligible school district. Once funding has been completed for an eligible project in an eligible district, funding will move to the next earliest eligible project request posted at a different eligible district, or at the same eligible district if no other eligible district has posted an eligible classroom project request. In the event that an initial eligible classroom project request is posted at an eligible district after the order of rotation has already been established, then eligible classroom project requests posted at that eligible district will follow at the end of the rotation order and funding for that eligible district will continue in that order. An eligible district will only be eligible to have another eligible project funded once all other eligible districts that have submitted an eligible project have had a project funded within the given rotation. The funding will be distributed to projects by MCN based on the order of rotation outlined above.

    Projects submitted by eligible schools that cost in excess of $1,000 shall not be eligible for funding under the Program. Individual donors may also contribute to funding eligible project requests and/or other posted projects directly through myclassneeds.ca.

  • What types of resources can teachers request?

    Teachers can request any resources that engage students with STEM. Examples of possible resoources included (but are not limited to):

    Manipulatives (e.g. building materials, force and motion kits, fraction kits, pattern blocks, etc.)
    'Live' science (chicken incubators, salmon hatcheries, butterfly larvae, see-through planters)
    Technology (obotics kits, rocketry kits, 3d printers, cameras, netbooks, RC car-building kits,)

    Teachers are encouraged to consider creative ways to engage their students in Arts related projects and materials.

  • Who can I contact with any questions or comments?

    Please email info@myclassneeds.ca