Challenge: FUNDS

Money is the root of all evil, right? Money can’t buy happiness. And yet, we need money for so. many. things. 

One of the greatest challenges for a school is finding the dollars to support all the various educational needs within a school. Books, paper, teacher salaries, cleaning supplies, technology, desks, chairs, gym equipment, and the list could go on and on. 

And too often, teachers use their own money to help fund supplies and equipment for their own classrooms. I know I have purchased supplies for science experiments, pens, pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, dry erase markers, folders, art supplies, reward items and loads of other things for my classroom, including tissues and paper towels.

Donors Choose is a great organization where teachers can set up a page requesting donations for their classroom. However, their site is only eligible for public school teachers (which I am not). 

Some tips:

I shop the back-to-school sales and stockpile.

I make sure to take advantage of the measly $250 tax refund I can receive.

I beg, borrow, and steal (okay, maybe not steal) from family and friends when they offer extra pens and pencils or have loads of free scratch paper.

Any other suggestions you have for dealing with the challenge of little to no funds for your classroom?

My favorite line: “It’ll be a great day when schools have all the money they need and the Air Force has to have a bake sale to buy a bomber.”

(I don’t know the origin of this line. If you do, please let me know.)

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3 thoughts on “Challenge: FUNDS

  1. Speaking of money, what do you think of the following:
    -Open educational resources.
    -Super cheap or free resources from the likes of iTunes U, Kahn Academy and others.
    -Homeschooling

    • I love the idea of open educational resources. A biggie in my school is Open Office. Why pay hundreds for the Microsoft Office Suite when you can get the same programs (basically) for free? We also use lots of free apps on the class set of iPads we share within our school. The problem those is the purchase of the actual device and the in-app purchases which will break you!
      There are lots of costs associated with homeschooling. The costs are just taken up by the parents instead of the taxpayers and thus the school. Homeschooling families have to burden the cost of their children’s entire education.

    • Those are some great resource! If you’re hurting for funds, Khan Academy and other similar things can be a great way to add value to students without shelling out a huge amount of money.

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