Apr 29, 2014

Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom: Helping Teachers Change Lives

I was an elementary teacher before I had children. Being a teacher is a very unique profession in many ways. Personally I believe it is a calling since the work is hard and the pay is lacking. Even with the poor pay, I loved being a teacher. One of the best parts of teaching for me was when my students from previous years would come back and visit me and show me their report cards or book reports. I loved seeing their progress and it showed me that I was making a difference in my student's lives. But my all time favorite moment as a teacher was watching a child learn something new. There is nothing like watching a child struggle to do something and seeing the pride on their face when it clicks and now they know how to do it.

One aspect of teaching that so many people overlook is how much money teachers put into their classrooms. Teachers buy the cute borders for the bulletin boards, all the posters on the walls, workbooks, games, prizes, and supplies for the classroom. Most schools are able to supply the basics, but the teachers have to buy the rest. Typically schools give out the supplies at the beginning of the year and as a teacher you have to try to make them last until June. Trust me, the paper, dry erase markers, and glue were gone by December, I had to buy these products every single year.

Teachers don't just pay for the supplies they need for their classrooms. There are many teachers who want their students to experience growing a garden so they buy gardening supplies. Or perhaps they want their students to experience the life cycle of a butterfly which means buying caterpillars and their houses. In my classroom I wanted my kids to go on field trips but we had no money to pay for the bus. Thankfully with the help of a generous donor, my students were able to go on a field trip.

Now that I'm a parent, I chaperone field trips.

I know some people think that the parents should just pay for the supplies for the teachers and the problem will be solved. That happens in affluent areas, but when you teach in a low income neighborhood like I did the parents can't help out very much. Teachers need help from outside of their parent community to help fund their classrooms.

There is an easy way that you can help a classroom in your community with Adopt-A-Classroom. Office Depot has teamed up with Adopt-A-Classroom to raise awareness for teachers and all the things they do for their students and classrooms.

Adopt-A-Classroom is a nonprofit that connects donors to teachers to enhance the learning environment for students. You can search for classrooms in your community or make a donation to a special teacher like Mary Kurt-Mason. She is a special talents teacher who is going far and beyond the classroom. Watch this video and see how she is changing the lives of her students.

  • How to Register Your Classroom as a Teacher
    1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website 
    2. Click on the red box that says "Register Your Classroom," which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
    3. Follow the corresponding steps from there
  • How to Donate to a Teacher
    1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website
    2. Click on the teal "Donate to a Teacher" box on the Teachers Change Lives website which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
    3. Follow the corresponding steps from there

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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