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Teacher's Wishlist: Most Urgently Needed Supplies

Teachers spend a shocking amount of out-of-pocket cash on school supplies for their classrooms. On average, they spend $480/year of their own money on supplies. That’s not too much considering what a racket teaching is and how much money they’re raking in.

See what I did there? I used sarcasm to underscore an important point by stating the opposite of what I mean. Guess who taught me those mad skillz? A teacher! You follow? Of course you do.

DonorsChoose.org is like Kickstarter for teachers. It’s a convenient way for folks like us to meet an educational need or fund the dream project of an especially creative teacher.

Click through to see some interesting projects and urgent needs in high poverty areas and for the most requested items from teachers everywhere!

Post Update: Good news–several of the projects have been funded! The slideshow has been updated with new needs and projects.

 

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  • A Laptop 1 of 10
    A Laptop
    A classroom serving members of the Navajo Nation have a smart board but no laptop to use with it. Just one laptop? Seems reasonable to me.
  • Digital Cameras 2 of 10
    Digital Cameras
    Ms. Park would love 4 digital cameras for her middle school students to use to create photo journals. It wouldn't be hard to make that happen!
  • Percussion Instruments 3 of 10
    Percussion Instruments
    A small donation could outfit a music classroom in South Dakota with rhythm instruments. They've almost got it.
  • Listening Center 4 of 10
    Listening Center
    Listening centers enable students to work independently. Some schools in high poverty areas lack basic equipment like headphones and splitters.
  • Post-It Notes 5 of 10
    Post-It Notes
    A teacher in St. Louis uses Post-It notes to help students make their thinking concrete. Seems like a good idea!
  • Crayons and Art Supplies 6 of 10
    Crayons and Art Supplies
    Kindergartners without crayons? NOT ON MY WATCH. 30 kindergartners in Las Vegas need art supplies.It won't take much to get them some new crayons.
  • Lockers 7 of 10
    Lockers
    8th graders from a high poverty school in Ohio wish they had lockers.
  • Boxes of Tissues 8 of 10
    Boxes of Tissues
    Every teacher I've ever talked to runs out of Kleenex by Christmas break. Pick up a few extra boxes on sale at the grocery store and drop them off at a school. Easy.
  • Hand Sanitizer 9 of 10
    Hand Sanitizer
    Teachers go through bottles and bottles of this stuff. And who can blame them. I'm pretty sure none of us are eager to touch our kids' filthy paws.
  • Your Time 10 of 10
    Your Time
    If you can't get into the classroom to read with individual students or supervise an art project, tell your kids' teacher to send home "busy" work for you to help with. You can grade, cut things out, trace, and staple from home and send it back with your student--An easy way to pitch in!
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