FREE Holiday Ground Shipping with code SANTA! grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools. Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, created in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need. Its mission is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist. The organization's vision is a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.