Requesting supplies from students

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  1. WonderW05

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    I am teaching in a very low economic area and I am wondering if I should send out a letter asking for supplies for the room as well as what the students would need. I am torn between writing a letter and just dismissing it knowing that I would have to foot the bill for folders, kleenex, and all of the stuff that 1st graders use. What would you do or have you done in the past?:)
     
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    I've seen plenty of teachers add class supplies to the regular supply list. I don't see anything wrong with asking for a box of Kleenex and a box of baby wipes and whatever else you might need from each kid. If they can't bring it, they won't.
     
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    I agree- it never hurts to ask. You will be shocked at how much things like kleenex will add up for you over time. My class usually goes through a box a week (more during sick days). That is over 6-7 dollars a month, just on that one thing. Add clorox or baby wipes, folders, pencils, paper towels, cleaner, glue etc, and you will never have any $$
     
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    ask. I have a similar population. You will get some supplies and that will help you out.

    Also. When it come to class parties, I found overwhelming success with asking for donations. A lot of these families have food stamps and are happy to be able to donate food for a party because they can get it with their food stamps and get to help out.
     
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    a lot of these families want to help and many will do whatever they can to support you. I worked for HS and we were not allowed to ask our HS parents for anything, the "logic" behind it was if they qualified for HS then they weren't financially able to support the class.

    One of my parents ended up being hired by our HS and was furious when during intro training she was told this. She was more than able to contribute (she told me partly because she was HS and didn't have to pay child care costs) and felt that in that instance HS was not helping her.
     
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    I work in a low SES. I usually provide all materials using my budget, but if I ask for something from parents, I usally get it. They're pretty good about supplying something. I would ask then supply what you need.
     
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    :confused: I don't know if this is appropriate, but you could ask for a certain amount of $ per kid (if you get it then great, if not oh well). With this low amount of money you could prebuy the cheap sale items for your class now and that might help reimburse you. I just went to target and bought colored pencils 5/$1.00, crayons 20 cents per crayola pack (10 cents for rose art), and 2 pack jumbo elmers glue sticks 2/$1.00! So $5 can go far:D Just an idea, who knows if it would work???
     
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    I would never ask for money from students to pay for supplies.
     
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    thank you peachyness
    I have my letter ready to send out once I get my student list.
     
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    I wouldn't ask students for money outright, but I have to say, as I am running around town for these deals, where are the students? Why do I only see teachers? A least in my area it is all teachers and teachers' children at these sales.
     
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    If your school is like mine, we still have NOT received the school supply list, nor has the schools sent them to the stores yet...
     
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    Nicole, what is this HS you are referring to? At first, I thought you meant high school, but that didn't make sense! Please illuminate my denseness, lol.
     
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    Head Start, maybe?

    I read it as High School, too.
     
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    You are probably right -- I didn't even think about Head Start.
     
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    I always have a tree on my white board during the first day or Meet the Teacher night that has cutouts of apples on it. Each apple has an item or items that I would like to have. I call it my "Giving Tree." The parents can take an apple that has an item they would like to purchase. It is my colorful creative way of begging.:2up:
     
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    I asked yesterday about supplies, and there is someone that sorts them out. For example the take a count of all of the chairs, tables and everything. Then I guess that person is going to be in next week to hand them out. The problem with that is that my room was really bare when I went in and so since we start on the 7th I want to make sure that I get things I need for my kids i.e. crayons, scissors and such, but will not know until the week before school. I like to plan ahead, so this is totally driving me nuts...:unsure:
     
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    cb4pebbles What a great idea!
     
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    I am doing something similar to cb4pebbles. I have listed my "wish list" items on stars. I am putting these on my board with the title "Wishes on a Star." I am including items that are very cheap to more expensive things (electric pencil sharpener, printer ink, etc.) so that all parents can feel like they can contribute. My school is in a rural area with a fairly large population of low income students, but our supply list includes paper towel, Kleenex, and sanitizer. They are listed as optional supplies, but most kids bring them anyway.
     
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    I teach in a similar school, but like other people on here have said, when it comes to the beginning of the school year, most are pretty good about getting things for their children. Most kids will bring SOMETHING. I always buy a little bit, but I'm not going to break the bank either. Also, we are fortunate in our area to have a place called Classroom Central. They get donations (like you see the boxes set up in stores to collect supplies) and then classroom teachers can go once a month and get all these supplies for free. We're allowed to get from 1 to 100 of 25 different items. I'm definetly about to go this week or so.
     
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    In our area, we have a store called Crayons to Computers, where teachers in low SES schools can shop for classroom materials every couple of weeks for free. Is there anything like that in your area?
     
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    I probably shouldn't, but I buy a WHOLE lot of supplies to have on hand, since I'm in an inner city Title I school, and a lot of the kids might not bring all the things listed on the district supply list. I hit the sales at Target, Wal Mart, Staples, the dollar stores, etc., so I usually have plenty of crayons, markers, folders, etc.

    HOWEVER, I do a "Wish Tree" sort of like some of the other teachers, with volunteering opportunities as well as stuff I need.

    This year, the PTA president wants to do a schoolwide "Wish List" posting for all the classrooms on a centrally-located bulletin board. We can put books and/or equipment we would like to have in our classrooms, as well as more mundane necessities. I don't know how it's going to work, but I'll let you know.

    And I ALWAYS RUN OUT OF TISSUES BY MARCH, so that will be on my "Wish Tree", for sure!
     
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    They just raised a big stink about this in my state! Apparently some schools were cited for sending home supply lists! We are NOT allowed to send home "wish lists" or supply lists! Nothing can be asked of the students...with a paper trail at least. This has been big news around here lately and frankly I'm a little concerned as to where the money is going to come for tissues, ziploc bags, and all the other items children contribute! The paper says the schools shall provide EVERYTHING!!! I'd like to know how, considering we only receive $200 each year! Teachers, needless to say, are NOT happy! We always send home lists and parents are usually good to provide...if not, we always have extra...but to not ask ANY student for ANYTHING!? I think is crazy!!!
     
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    I just realized I didn't answer your question! I say go ahead and send the list home...if you don't receive adequate supplies, then have the school foot the bill. Parents love to contribute and many from the low ses take pride in sending their child to school with a box of tissues for new folder.
     
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    Yes, ours is called A Gift for Teaching and it's where local businesses donate their surplus items. Depending on where you teach, you may go there once or twice a month. It is nice because you can get all kinds of things ranging from the basics like paper, pencils, crayons, glue, etc. to hats, keychains, cards, and other miscellaneous items that I usually put in the treasure box. When you check out they give you a paper with addresses of local businesses and you write thank you letters to them. And you have to sign a paper stating you will only use the items in your classroom and everything is property of the classroom.
     
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    No, I wished we did though. I can't believe how much money all of the teachers at my school are forking out for their own classroom. I mean it is the basic stuff, crayons, homework folders, pencils, composition notebooks, etc. I already spent a lot but have been trying to just get by I mean I made my journals from the paper there and just printed out a front sheet and copied it on colored paper instead of buying a 2.00 notebook. I am just amazed how much teachers spend. I overheard a teacher say today that she spent 4,000 bucks on this year alone, I don't get it?

     

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