Posted on | September 5, 2012 | 2 Comments
Last week I touched upon my anxiety at the beginning of the school year about never having the right amount of the necessary supplies for my classroom—specifically: tissues, which seem to disappear in January faster than raindrops in the Mojave in August.
But have you ever found yourself buying a jacket for a student to keep her warm in winter? Do you buy extra snacks for students who cannot afford lunch? When it is field trip time, are there students whose fees you pay from your own pocket?
Recently, the results of a new survey of teachers touched upon another kind of school supply anxiety. As teachers, we all pay out-of-pocket for a certain amount of classroom supplies. We find ourselves paying for everything from pencils to computer equipment. But what about the basics, such as food and clothing, that students’ parents are unable to afford themselves?
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