I wonder if my district is unique or if this is to be expected and I'm just being cheap. I teach in a district that contains many people living in poverty. There is an expectation at my school for teachers to donate to those deemed "needy." Just in the past couple of months, I have been asked to donate for:
PTA membership - $20
Thanksgiving feast for neighborhood families - $10
parent (not teacher!
) appreciation breakfast - $5
donations for a neighborhood family who had a house fire - $20
3 school staff members in need - $25 each - $75 total
Secret Santa (each teacher is assigned a student in need and buys a gift) - $20
staff holiday gift for the principal - $20
staff holiday gift for the secretaries - $20
Tricky Tray (the teachers are responsible for creating baskets. Only a small number of my kids' parents sent in donations and I had to buy the basket) - $35
And now...Class trip. The cost is $20 per child. I have to pay for myself plus there is an expectation that I pay for the children whose parents cannot afford the cost. So far I have 5 kids who haven't turned in their money. That's $120 total.
We're not even halfway through the year. And of course, all of this is on top of the hundreds of dollars I've spent on things for my class, and supplies for kids who haven't brought in their own.
Am I crazy or is my situation crazy? I'm not cold and I'm not uncaring, but I just feel like enough is enough.