Program Helps Teachers Buy Supplies to Keep Classrooms Stocked

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It is a struggle, teachers have been dealing with for years reaching into their own wallets to keep classrooms stocked.

"There is no exact dollar amount that you can actually put on how much money a teacher actually spends in the classroom," says Amanda Nelson.

Nelson is a former teacher who says expenses continue to rise. She says recent harsh budget cuts have made matters worse.

Teachers receive $525 for the entire year to spend in the classroom. After deductions are taken out, they're left with less than $100 for supplies.

However a new program created by a Dothan businessman is helping ease the strain.

"We want to raise a hundred dollars for every teacher in the school system in six counties," said Mike Schmitz, Chairman of Foundation for Education and Teaching.

The Foundation for Education and Teaching has come up with a new program called "adopt a teacher." Funds raised will help teachers buy supplies.

Coffee, Dale, Houston, Henry, Covington and Geneva counties are taking part in the program.

Schmitz says, "This will allow our community to say we're behind you, we're behind you and we want to help you and we want to do something for you.

While Schmitz says this is not a complete fix for teachers, he feels it is a step in the right direction to help kids succeed in the classroom.

The program relies solely on the community.

If you would like to learn more about adopting a teacher call 347-2275.

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  • by annynamous Location: Dothan on Apr 23, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    If the schools would cut back on fundraisers, picture taking and other money wanted and unnecessarly things. Then parents might could be able to send items throughout the year.
  • by Teacher Location: Alabama on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    If teachers got this money, it would not cost parents as much. Can you imagine a teacher having to buy all of these things for his/her 25 students out of his/her OWN pockets??? It would be what you pay times 25!! I think this is a wonderful thing that they are doing for teachers AND parents. It will trickle down and save parents money as well.
  • by Anita Location: Ozark on Apr 7, 2009 at 10:13 PM
    Adopt a Teacher! Don't you mean adopt a Parent! Have you saw the list of supplies a parent has to furnish each year. Not only supplies for the student, but supplies for the teachers to grade the work with, to store the work in, High lighters, art supplies for the whole class to break and discard and then ask you to rebuy it again mid year. Toilet supplies, paper towels, kleenex, soap, germ-x, camera's, tape, band aide's, baggies and a full line of art supplies. Now I ask you who needs adopting?
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