Teachers Digging Deep

According to the OfficeMax “National Teaching Realities Survey” conducted by Kelton Research in April, 97% of teachers frequently dip into their own pockets to purchase necessary supplies. Why? Because most (69%) educators believe that having the right tools in the classroom is essential for their success as a teacher.

As school budgets continue to shrink, 70% of teachers report their schools are not able to provide them with all the necessary tools, and 79% of educators say their classrooms are in need of more items that they currently lack such as essential classroom supplies, paper products, and arts and crafts supplies. Struggling to work with limited resources, 63% of educators wish they were able to give their students more school supplies, books or rewards, and 67% want more funding to select the supplies they need for their classrooms.

Selflessly devoted, 82% of teachers think it is their responsibility to ensure students have the best learning experience possible — no matter the price tag — spending an average of $623 of their own money on supplies for their students each year. Everyday classroom supplies such as pencils and pens (78%), prizes and incentives (72%), and arts and crafts supplies (72%) top the list of purchases teachers make using their own cash.

Willing to do whatever it takes, some teachers said they would give up two vacation days (32%), their lunch hour for one month (28%), part of their summer vacation (25%), or free periods for the rest of the semester (24%) to ensure their students had the best possible learning environment. While most teachers are happy to go the extra mile, 28% admit their families have had to sacrifice extra luxuries as a result of the money they spend on their classrooms.

To learn more about the cause or get involved, please visit www.adaymadebetter.com.

According to the OfficeMax “National Teaching Realities Survey” conducted by Kelton Research in April, 97% of teachers frequently dip into their own pockets to purchase necessary supplies. Why? Because most (69%) educators believe that having the right tools in the classroom is essential for their success as a teacher.

As school budgets continue to shrink, 70% of teachers report their schools are not able to provide them with all the necessary tools, and 79% of educators say their classrooms are in need of more items that they currently lack such as essential classroom supplies, paper products, and arts and crafts supplies. Struggling to work with limited resources, 63% of educators wish they were able to give their students more school supplies, books or rewards, and 67% want more funding to select the supplies they need for their classrooms.

Selflessly devoted, 82% of teachers think it is their responsibility to ensure students have the best learning experience possible — no matter the price tag — spending an average of $623 of their own money on supplies for their students each year. Everyday classroom supplies such as pencils and pens (78%), prizes and incentives (72%), and arts and crafts supplies (72%) top the list of purchases teachers make using their own cash.

Willing to do whatever it takes, some teachers said they would give up two vacation days (32%), their lunch hour for one month (28%), part of their summer vacation (25%), or free periods for the rest of the semester (24%) to ensure their students had the best possible learning environment. While most teachers are happy to go the extra mile, 28% admit their families have had to sacrifice extra luxuries as a result of the money they spend on their classrooms.

To learn more about the cause or get involved, please visit www.adaymadebetter.com.

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