Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that
kind millionaires more people will see it and more support can be given. All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!
As the new school year approaches,
we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget). Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby. Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.
Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies. In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped. I am in awe of the teachers in this community. After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year. If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist. If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.
So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.
A new school year is rapidly approaching here in the U.S. and sadly, many families simply won’t be able to provide their children with the school supplies that they need to succeed.
Likewise, many schools are so underfunded that teachers must dig into their own (extremely underpaid) pockets to provide educational materials. Last year, 99.5% of teachers reported spending their own money to provide supplies for their classroom, at an average of $485 per year.
If you are able, I urge you to check out these wish lists from teachers (complied by PPT) who are active in Tumblr’s #education community. And if not one of these teachers, consider helping a teacher in your local community by donating money or supplies through a charity such as AdoptAClassroom.org.
My friend Caren teaches at one such underfunded/high poverty school here in Austin, and I can report first-hand that even the smallest donation can help make the difference in whether a student gets the classroom experience they deserve, and most importantly, the education they so desperately want.