The first day of school is coming. As you’re shopping for school supplies, consider picking up a few extra things to help your children’s teachers stock their classrooms.
The National Center for Education Statistics found that 94 percent of public school teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies. The center found that they spent an average of $479 each year. Of course, that greatly depended on the income level of the students at the school where they worked and how active the Parent Teacher Association was at that school.
Especially, as the year goes on, the supplies in the classroom start to dwindle.
Right now, when the price of supplies are at their lowest, consider stocking up on some common things that teachers need. You can store them in your house and give them to teachers throughout the year, or give them to the teachers on Back to School night or at Meet the Teacher.
Consider these supplies:
- Hand sanitizer
- Notebook paper
- Printer paper
- Glue sticks
- Scotch tape
- Paper clips
- Dry erase markers
Once school starts, ask teachers if they have a wish list, and then pick something on that list to give.
Have a teacher that doesn’t have a list? Consider a gift card to Amazon, Walmart or an office supply store. Then when the time comes that they need something, they can use that.