Every teacher I have ever met pulls out a personal credit card on a regular basis to purchase classroom supplies. Tissues, crayons, dry erase markers. You name it. They’ve bought it. They have to, the state doesn’t give them enough supplies to last through the year.
The irony here is that the state doesn’t exactly pay them a whole bunch either, so it’s not like those credit cards can stretch very far in the first place.
Teachers are teaching our children. Our future. Your kids might not be in a public school. Your kids might even be in an affluent school where teachers don’t have to make pencils stretch down to the nub. But the kids who are in those classrooms are still our children and they deserve better.
You might not think you can help, but you can.
Classwish.org is a fantastic where teacher can post their classroom wishlist. It’s where they can close their eyes and imagine everything they’d have in the ideal classroom. They let their imagination soar… and then they ask for those things. You, me, the guy who bought coffee in front of you this morning, can go and pick a wish to help along. You can pick a classroom, a school, a PTO… and donate something. Could be enough to buy a box of tissues or enough to get that smart board a teacher has been coveting.
If you hear your school debating the merits of various fund-raising options, throw Classwish.org in the mix. It’s a great alternative and and easy way for many people to make a huge difference in the lives our children.
In the meantime you can mention Classwish.org to any teachers you know and any parent who might know some teachers.
And please pass on this blog post to any teacher you might know, to your principal, to the administration and to your parenting organization. There are just two days left to enter the Dream Classroom Giveaway on Fill the Backpack. On Thursday night, the entries will close and 2 winning dreams will be randomly selected as winners. Those two winners will each receive a $500 credit to classwish.org to purchase items to make her dream classroom a reality.
$500 can go a long way in a classroom. So spread the word. Help a teacher achieve a dream.