How to Help Teachers Get Stocked Up for the School Year

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Posted on 08/27/2009

Kids aren’t the only ones that need to get prepped for the start of a new school year. Did you know teachers spend an average of $1200 of their own money on classroom supplies each year? Teachers also spend an average of 12 hours each week on unpaid school activities! Let’s show our educators some support and help them get ready to go back-to-school. (Tip: Check out the great deals & coupons over at the Ben's Coupons Back to School Coupon page for some great places to get started shopping!)

Adopt a Classroom - Search for an underserved classroom in your community at AdoptAClassroom.com. You can provide financial and moral support to teachers who desperately need it. Thousands of classrooms register on the site hoping for help, but many don’t receive it. For instance, in my community, there are 70 classrooms registered, but so far none have been adopted this year.

Send Your Child with Extras - Did you find great deals on school supplies? Buy extra and send your child to school with them. Your child’s teacher will gladly accept the overflow of notebooks, pencils and paper because chances are another student will need them.

Keep the Classroom Clean - According to research from the University of Arizona, the average school desk can have 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat and classrooms can have seven times more germs than a doctor’s office. School supplies are great, but make sure teachers in your community have cleaning supplies, too. They’ll appreciate your concern for their health.

Fulfill a Teacher’s Request - Check out DonorsChoose.org for more classroom requests. Teachers need everything from pencils to violins. Give any amount you want and once the project reaches its funding goals, the organization delivers the materials to the school. In return, you’ll get photos of the project you helped fund as well as a report detailing how the money was spent.

Clean Out Your Closets - You may have stuff stashed away that students could use. One example is a musical instrument. Check out organizations like Horns for Kids or The Roots of Music. They gladly accept used instruments that can help a child with music education.

By Alison Storm

Drugstore.com - For a limited time (expiry unknown) a huge selection of school supplies are on sale BOGO 50% off. Get what your kids need, and give the duplicates to their teacher!

Home Depot - You'd probably be surprised at how many classrooms need a few DIY repairs done. Help out teachers by offering to paint or hammer in a few more shelves & storage cabinets, and save $25 off orders over $250 with coupon code AUGSAVE21. Expires 09/02/2009.

Scholastic coupons - Get 15% off orders over $39 with coupon code BTS2009 through 08/31/2009. Plus, shop through the link provided above for other fantastic back-to-school coupons at the UltimateCoupons back to school page!

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