Confession time: until I had a daughter who's an elementary school teacher, I was pretty clueless about how far funding goes in the public school system, and how much teachers dig into their own pockets to supply and equip their classrooms. My daughter teaches at a lower-end-of-the-socioeconomic-scale school in Houston, and I spent Saturday cutting out crate covers that double as seats for some of the kids in my daughter's class, and a little more time whacking composition notebooks in half so they'll go farther with her kids, all bought with non-budgeted (out-of-pocket) funds. She's also on our Amazon account, so I see all the stuff she buys in the course of a school year, with her own money. I'm astounded at how much she spends to give her kids the kind of education she knows they need - and she'd spend more if she had it. She's not alone.
Enter you. Not for my daughter, but for your kids' or grandkids' or neighbor's kids' teacher's classroom (yes that's a lot of possessives, but it works!). Visit www.donorschoose.org/ - it's a website with oodles and scads of projects that need funding, posted by teachers all over. Click on "Find a classroom to support" and a new page comes up with subjects you can support, or you can enter your local school, town or zipcode.
Kids and their teachers, including my amazing, passionate daughter, Mara, are headed back to school this month. You can help make it a better, stronger, more productive school year with any size contribution. Don't leave it to the education system, participate yourself! And thanks.