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Dina Leygerman @dinachka82
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Recently, I've come across more and more teachers crowdfunding for supplies for their classroom. At first, I didn't give it much thought, but after I bought yet another resource for my room and summed up all I've spent on my classroom, I realized I just can't spend any more. /1
You see, in theory everyone knows how underpaid teachers are. They know we aren't given the resources we need. They may even imagine what the insides of our school buildings look like. /2
They discuss it, "Oh, what a shame. Teachers should definitely make more." They whisper, "I don't know how you do it. I could never work in that area with those kids." /3
In reality, however, unless you are a teacher in an urban school with very limited funding, you don't know. No one really gets it. No one knows how many supplies I've purchased for students who didn't have the means to get them. /4
No one knows how much I've spent on accessories that attempt to hide my stained-used-to-be-white walls just so the students can feel a little warmth when they sit in my room. No one truly knows how many snacks I buy throughout the year to feed the kids who often go hungry. /5
No one hears the embarrassed whispered requests: "Ms. Leygerman, do you have anything to eat? Do you have a cup so I can get some water?" Every "no" is a mini heartbreak. It's more than just "sad." It's painful. It's devastating. And it's frustrating. /6
And I am tired, you guys. I am tired of having conversations with parents who don't want to buy supplies for their kids. I'm tired of explaining why schools, especially urban schools, don't have money. I am exhausted from justifying my role as an educator. /7
Yes, I chose this career. Yes, this was a deliberate choice. But the children didn't choose their lives. They didn't choose their school, their neighborhoods, their surroundings. They don't understand why politicians don't care enough about them or their education. /8
So, it's up to me to make their experience in my classroom as warm as possible. It's my job to teach them, to nurture them, and to cultivate their interests. It's my responsibility to make sure they are fed so they can pay attention. It's on me. /9
Yesterday, I shared my Amazon Wishlist with the internet. The internet surprised me, and kind, perfect strangers bought so much off my list I spent all day crying from joy wrapped up in melancholy. /10
So, I thank you, kind strangers. If anyone else would like to contribute, the link is below. Once again, I very much appreciate your kindness and support. Good luck to all teachers this year.
Help another teacher if you can!…
Hi,@MaraWilson. Could you help spread the word and help a few teachers? Much appreciated.
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