Gates Foundation to help teachers via Starbucks

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working with Starbucks to encourage local coffee drinkers to help King County public school teachers.

Starting Wednesday, King County Starbucks stores will be giving away $10 gift cards for DonorsChoose.org, an organization that helps teachers ask for money for classroom materials and equipment. People who pick up a DonorsChoose.org gift card will be able to go online and pick which school project they want to support.

Since 2000, more than 190,000 public school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to pay for $88 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources.

About 100,000 gift cards are expected to be distributed at King County Starbucks. The cards will be paid for by the Gates Foundation.