The creation of public school was to educate the public at the expense of the public. The thought is that parents will pay a small amount to provide school supplies, lunch money, and the occasional field trip payment or tee shirt fee, and the school funding will take care of the rest. School funding will give public schools money to provide desks, textbooks, school supplies, and the generics for the classroom. But what happens when the crayons in a kindergarten classroom break mid-way through the year or a low income student in a class can’t afford a new backpack after his old one breaks, and several students in a teacher’s class can’t afford to bring a snack for snack time? Extra materials and school supplies are normally not covered in the school budget, leaving teachers to pay the difference. In an article written by Rebecca Klein in the Huffington Post, how much teachers are actually spending for their class is addressed and the hashtag #mymoneymyclass is used to show the world how much teachers actually spend on their class.
Here are some tweeted pictures from the hashtag:
Looking at the hashtag, it’s obvious how much money and effort teachers put into their classrooms to make a healthy and comfortable learning environment for their students. School funding does not provide the extra supplies needed to make this environment. It’s estimated that teachers spend an average of $500 on their class per year.
As most of America knows, teaching is a humble profession and having to shell out $500 or more a year with an already low yearly salary is a sacrifice almost all teachers make to better the education for their students.
In the video below, teacher’s show just what they spend their money on and how their classrooms would not be the same without it.
Teachers don’t have an easy job. Being a successful teacher takes patience, humbleness, and most importantly, sacrifice. As a community the best way we can help our schools is to give. Donating extra supplies, books, or even storage and old furniture can make a large in difference in a classroom and in the future of our children.
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