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Classroom Supplemental Funding

Giving to Athens City Schools

Athens City Schools appreciates the support of our parents, community and business partners. We are fortunate to enjoy tremendous generosity from the Athens community in the form of donations. There are several ways to donate to our schools, and we have established guidelines to make the process consistent, transparent, open and accountable.

Ways to Give

There are several ways to give to support our schools, individual classrooms, projects and more. You can choose one of the following:
  • Donate to the Athens City Schools Foundation to help fund the Teacher Classroom Grant Program. The Foundation is a 501(c) nonprofit organization supporting teachers and students in ACS since 1994. 
  • Choose a classroom or project to support from the official ACS LeanStream Needs Gallery.
  • Participate in the LeanStream WiFi on the Go portable hotspot program and a portion of your hotspot subscription is donated to the school of your choice each month.
  • Donate to an individual classroom or project through

About LeanStream and the Needs Gallery 

Athens City Schools uses a service called LeanStream as our primary classroom fundraising platform. LeanStream is a district authorized, centralized hub for fundraising that provides transparency and accountability for donors, teachers and the district.  The Needs Gallery Portal promotes teacher and student-driven projects. For teachers and students, the Portal provides a user-friendly platform for professionalized solicitation of funds and centralized administration and visibility. For the community and charitable donors, the Portal facilitates real-time exposure of project-based learning initiatives and District needs, while optimizing transparency and accountability.Simply choose a classroom or project that inspires you and give any amount. All donations go toward district-approved projects and classroom needs.  Contributions to Needs Gallery projects may be deductible for purposes of calculating Federal and State income taxes. However, donors are encouraged to consult with a tax professional for deductibility. The District does not accept responsibility erroneous or otherwise improper application of charitable donations in personal or corporate tax filings. Unless otherwise designated, assets generated by and through the LeanStream Needs Gallery and Annual Campaign Portals are expendable at the discretion of the District superintendent, subject to applicable State and Federal Laws and in accordance with Board Policy. Teachers in Athens City Schools interested in collecting donations for a classroom, project or other need must contact their school administrator to submit a Needs Gallery request or a request for approval.

About Athens City Schools Teacher Grant Program

The Athens City Schools Foundation Teacher Classroom Grant Program applications are accepted in the spring of each school year for the upcoming school year. These grants are funded in the fall of each new school year. To learn more about Teacher Classroom Grants from the Foundation, visit

Athens City Schools does not endorse the use of other third-party donation solicitation platforms, sites or services other than LeanStream and

Understanding LeanStream Fundraising in ACS


What exactly is LeanStream?
It is a new online fundraising platform that has a number of features designed for your teachers, support organizations and parents. Everything happens online, and it is quick and easy.

It has two main features – a Needs Gallery and the WiFi on the Go program.


The Needs Gallery is where teachers, support organizations and schools can post classroom, school, program or district needs and you can donate to them. It is quick and easy like a number of other crowdfunding solutions except this one is built for our school district. It is straightforward and transparent.


The second major part of the program is called the WiFi on the Go program. Partnering with T-Mobile, LeanStream is able to make portable hotspot devices available to employees and parents of students at a special cost and offer unlimited data and internet with no data throttling or deprioritization.

How do I participate?
To lend your support to the Needs Gallery, simply visit the Needs Gallery website and make your donation.

To receive a mobile hotspot as part of the Wifi on the Go program, you sign up on the LeanStream website to make a recurring $50 donation each month. Once you make your first payment, the device gets shipped to you ready to operate.  Click here and get started today!

How does this benefit my child’s school?
By supporting the needs of the classroom teachers through the Needs Gallery, both teachers and students benefit by enriching the classrooms.

For every participant in the WiFi on the Go program from your school, the school gets over $10 per month per “line.”

So what are you waiting for? Click here and get started today!