We recently launched a campaign to Sponsor a Teacher’s Classroom. Take a look at our video & how YOU can help. https://youtu.be/k053-sCqIVc
August means back to school.
And, as we all know, teachers don’t always have the funding to fully stock their classrooms with the supplies they need to meet the needs of their classroom. This means they often have to reach into their own pockets to pay for supplies. AdoptAClassroom.org explains that K – 12 grade teachers spend an average of $600 of their own money each year on classroom supplies.
To support a teacher, and the students, we encourage people, especially local businesses, to sponsor a classroom this school year. Here are some ideas for how you can help:
Classroom supplies are the cornerstone of the learning environment. When teachers don’t have the supplies they need, they are limited in how they can teach lessons. You can help by donating supplies to the classroom.
Supply needs will vary by grade level and teacher style, but there are some general supplies that are always useful. Teachers are grateful for cleaning supplies, pens, pencils, folders and other traditional supplies that some students may not be able to afford.
If you are in a position to spend a little more, classroom technology is creating a need for headphones in the classroom. Students use them daily, so they don’t last very long. But, they have become a classroom staple.
Don’t be shy about calling a school and asking to sponsor a classroom. The school can give you a name, and you can call that teacher directly to ask if he or she needs anything specific. Or, you can donate the funds so the teacher can use the money at his or her discretion.
Fund a Field Trip
Field trips are great learning opportunities for students. They get out in the real world and put a practical application to their book learning. But, trips are not cheap and not all students can afford even small fees for a field trip.
By sponsoring a field trip, you ensure that each student in the class has an equal opportunity to participate in the learning experience.
Build a Classroom Library
Books have always been, and always will be, an important part of children’s’ education. Though computers have found their way into classrooms, books are not going to go away. But, books are pricey and not all teachers have the resources to build an in-class library suitable for their classroom. So, they have to take regular trips to the library, which can eat at instruction time.
You can help by requesting a list of books a teacher would like to have in a classroom library, and purchasing those books. With a classroom library, teachers have instant access to another set of resources to help engage the students in their learning.
Anything You Can Do Will Help
What you do is not as important as the fact that you are helping. Teachers are appreciative of any help they receive, and sponsoring a classroom is a great way to kick the school year off on the right foot for teachers and students.