School Supplies
Seriously

Lone Jack, MO

#21 Aug 11, 2012
A Mommy wrote:
I agree with Allie completely! And some schools send home bags of food to students every week with a bunch of food donated from them to help out the families. I don't understand why they do that when they need stuff for their classrooms. The parents don't ask for it. The thought is nice but I rather they don't do it. All the students get them. They could save that money and by AC. I don't think my kids school has Air conditioning but the office does. I can only imagine how hot that is.
I like my kids school but I sure wish they could improve some things.
You ACTUALLY think that the "backpack program" food comes from the school? Good one!! It comes from local churches that donate it. Also, not ALL of the kids receive it, just the ones who "appear" to need it for over the weekend when they are not getting fed at school. Sometimes the kids do ask for the food because they are NOT being fed at home. As for the A/C - which district do you live in? I know for a fact that ALL of R-80 and R-2 school district is air conditioned and I am pretty sure the rest of them are also. If you really want to know about your kids' school, it's simple - call the school!!
Another mom

Warsaw, MO

#22 Aug 11, 2012
allie wrote:
I don't mind buying the crayons, pencils, paper, and all the basic things my kids need, however I do mind having to buy Germ-X, Clorox disinfectant wipes, paper towels, and all of the other things that they are wanting that really isn't essential for my child's education. If the town can hold a back-to-school fair for children who need school supplies, why don't they also hold a teacher's version of it? That way teachers could get help and us parents wouldn't have to spend our hard earned money to buy their cleaning supplies for them.
I totally agree with your post. Whatever happen to washing with soap and water? What can't the teachers get a spray bottle and mix water and bleach to clean the desks rather than Clorox disinfectant wipes?
Janet

Salem, MO

#23 Aug 11, 2012
I am a teacher at the Jr. High. Every year I buy supplies with my own money for my students. Last years I supplied over 200 pencils, and I bought 20 packs of paper, which my students used every bit of by the end of school. At the end of the year when the kids clean out their lockers and throw out paper, note books, and pencils I dig through the trash to get as many reusable supplies I can obtain to help my students for next year. I kept snacks for kids that donít get to eat breakfast, because some parents donít want to fill out the free and reduced paperwork because they donít want anyone knowing how much they make. I have paid for studentís lunches because I didnít want them to go hungry. I have bought kids clothes, and shoes. I am not the only person in the school district that does this for the kids. I and others do this so our kids can have a better chance of being successful and getting a good education. To many people take too much for granite.
Janet

Salem, MO

#24 Aug 11, 2012
Educate yourself wrote:
JUST SO YOU KNOW...teacher health benefits ARE NOT that great!!!! Not to mention, they might be contracted for less than 183 days but I dare you to find one good, dedicated teacher who does no work over those summer months. They work their butts off so your child can have a good education. The average teacher spends $500-$700 to get their rooms ready each year. Give them a break. You want to buy less, cut their health benefits and retirement. PLUS they will have to fork out MORE money just so they can teach. THEN you will complain that the education they get is less than par. Come on now people...
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Thank you, you are so wright.
Another Teacher

Lebanon, MO

#25 Aug 11, 2012
Also, who is the first person students hit up for activity fundraising to raise money for underfunded school programs? Yep. Teachers. I guess we should befunding all your children's education out of our pockets, from what I have read here.
Another Teacher

Lebanon, MO

#26 Aug 11, 2012
And yet, the Salem community will not pass a school bond.
WTH

Salem, MO

#27 Aug 11, 2012
Janet wrote:
I am a teacher at the Jr. High. Every year I buy supplies with my own money for my students. Last years I supplied over 200 pencils, and I bought 20 packs of paper, which my students used every bit of by the end of school. At the end of the year when the kids clean out their lockers and throw out paper, note books, and pencils I dig through the trash to get as many reusable supplies I can obtain to help my students for next year. I kept snacks for kids that donít get to eat breakfast, because some parents donít want to fill out the free and reduced paperwork because they donít want anyone knowing how much they make. I have paid for studentís lunches because I didnít want them to go hungry. I have bought kids clothes, and shoes. I am not the only person in the school district that does this for the kids. I and others do this so our kids can have a better chance of being successful and getting a good education. To many people take too much for granite.
I hate to point this out, but I certainly hope you don't teach the English classes at your school since you have made several spelling mistakes on just this post alone. I can see why our schools spend more time and money on sports teams and activities than they do on the actual academics part of school if you're an example of a teacher at the school district. Take some of the money the school uses on the sports activities and use it for the teacher's and student's supplies.
Red Begonia

Haslet, TX

#28 Aug 12, 2012
Janet wrote:
I am a teacher at the Jr. High. Every year I buy supplies with my own money for my students. Last years I supplied over 200 pencils, and I bought 20 packs of paper, which my students used every bit of by the end of school. At the end of the year when the kids clean out their lockers and throw out paper, note books, and pencils I dig through the trash to get as many reusable supplies I can obtain to help my students for next year. I kept snacks for kids that don’t get to eat breakfast, because some parents don’t want to fill out the free and reduced paperwork because they don’t want anyone knowing how much they make. I have paid for student’s lunches because I didn’t want them to go hungry. I have bought kids clothes, and shoes. I am not the only person in the school district that does this for the kids. I and others do this so our kids can have a better chance of being successful and getting a good education. To many people take too much for granite.
It's interesting that you mention going through the items the kids throw out at the end of the year. Not only does this include paper, notebooks and pencils but clothing, winter coats, backpacks, shoes of all kinds, and many other expensive items.
Knows

United States

#29 Aug 12, 2012
Janet FYI.. the kids are poor dont have to fill out paperwork for free or reduced lunches if you get food stamps you automatically get it. not one paper work needed.. but you would of known that already... right...
Whos responsible

Salem, MO

#30 Aug 12, 2012
realmomma wrote:
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The teacher salaries, they use to buy things for their classrooms, now they just can't spend like they use too...
Where are the tax dollars collected for the schools going? The so called cuts are propaganda to raise more and more taxes every year. I know teachers that make over $50,000 a yr, not that they should have to be responsible for the cleaning supplies, but better management of the school budget should make sure the schools are sanitary and safe for our kids,not the teachers or the parents.
single mother

United States

#31 Aug 12, 2012
48 pencils for one class is dumb.each student has to bring that many.I don't think they will use that many.
FYI

Jefferson City, MO

#32 Aug 12, 2012
I SURE don't make $50,000.
Whos responsible wrote:
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Where are the tax dollars collected for the schools going? The so called cuts are propaganda to raise more and more taxes every year. I know teachers that make over $50,000 a yr, not that they should have to be responsible for the cleaning supplies, but better management of the school budget should make sure the schools are sanitary and safe for our kids,not the teachers or the parents.
Another mom

Warsaw, MO

#33 Aug 12, 2012
WTH wrote:
<quoted text>I hate to point this out, but I certainly hope you don't teach the English classes at your school since you have made several spelling mistakes on just this post alone. I can see why our schools spend more time and money on sports teams and activities than they do on the actual academics part of school if you're an example of a teacher at the school district. Take some of the money the school uses on the sports activities and use it for the teacher's and student's supplies.
Ugh!....I knew this was going to happen as soon as I read the post by Janet in which a typo of "wright" instead of "right" was present. To err is human....and teachers are as human as the rest of us and they make mistakes too.
SOA

Washington, DC

#34 Aug 12, 2012
The answer is simple wrote:
If you are too "cheap" to buy a few crayons and pencils to help educate your child... perhaps you shouldn't have had children in the first place. Of course the REAL problem is those "too poor" and or "too lazy" to buy some pencils, are the ones "too poor" and "too lazy" to buy condoms.
Absolutely Brilliant... I couldnt've said it any better
WTH

Salem, MO

#36 Aug 12, 2012
Another mom wrote:
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Ugh!....I knew this was going to happen as soon as I read the post by Janet in which a typo of "wright" instead of "right" was present. To err is human....and teachers are as human as the rest of us and they make mistakes too.
I would have left it alone if that had been the only typo she had made. Yes, they are human, but if they are teaching students then they should at least make an effort of using proper spelling and punctuatoin.
well

United States

#37 Aug 12, 2012
I am usually not one to complain about school supplies, but I just it the list for kindergarten. Why does each child need to bring 20 glue stick?
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Rolla, MO

#39 Aug 12, 2012
well wrote:
I am usually not one to complain about school supplies, but I just it the list for kindergarten. Why does each child need to bring 20 glue stick?
I teach kindergarten. Your child will use those glue sticks...plus a few more. I spend about $300/year out of pocket on my students. I don't make $50000...not even close. It's not the fault of the teacher that we have to ask for enough supplies to last your child all year. We have very limited classroom budgets & a lot of parents won't send in replacement items when their kid needs them..like when they run out of glue or need new crayons. It's much better to get those things now while they are on sale than to have to pay full price for them later on!
realmomma

Steelville, MO

#40 Aug 13, 2012
Whos responsible wrote:
<quoted text>Where are the tax dollars collected for the schools going? The so called cuts are propaganda to raise more and more taxes every year. I know teachers that make over $50,000 a yr, not that they should have to be responsible for the cleaning supplies, but better management of the school budget should make sure the schools are sanitary and safe for our kids,not the teachers or the parents.
Others have already touched on the teachers salary, so here is to the tax money collected part. It goes to the children's new computers, books for libraries, new buses when the old ones break down, keeping playgrounds working and safe for the kids, having all those sports teams equipment, pays for broken lockers, chairs, toilets, stalls, doors, windows and all the other things children/people destroy. Also ever wondered how they pay to keep those computers running with safe guards? Wonder how they fix them when they get viruses? Wonder how much money it costs to buy programs that benefit the children? My husband use to work as a computer tech that also sold office/school materials. Let me tell you, that is all VERY expensive!!!!
hmm

Salem, MO

#41 Aug 13, 2012
[QUOTE who="?"]<quoted text>I teach kindergarten. Your child will use those glue sticks...plus a few more. I spend about $300/year out of pocket on my students. I don't make $50000...not even close. It's not the fault of the teacher that we have to ask for enough supplies to last your child all year. We have very limited classroom budgets & a lot of parents won't send in replacement items when their kid needs them..like when they run out of glue or need new crayons. It's much better to get those things now while they are on sale than to have to pay full price for them later on![/QUOTE]
so what about the expo markers, is my child gonna be writing on the board too? I doubt it, that's the stuff that I don't get, if the teach can't afford her own supplies then come on...
student

United States

#42 Aug 14, 2012
Why would a teacher post on topic?

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