If there is a teacher in your life, you probably know how much they spend out of their pocket to make sure the kids in their class have the school supplies they need for the year.
A June 2021 survey by AdoptAClassroom.org, the national nonprofit that funds teachers and schools in the United States, found that kindergarten to grade 12 teachers in public, private and charter spent an average of $ 750 of their own money to buy a school. supplies during the 2020/2021 school year. Up to 30% of teachers spent $ 1,000 or more on school supplies. This amount has increased by 25% since the organization began the survey in 2015.
Since 2019, teachers and schools have been using the #clearthelist hashtag on social media to ask for help from those who want and can ease the financial burden. Along with parents, local citizens and others, many celebrities have come together to purchase items on educators’ wish lists.
Country star Luke Combs recently cleared a teacher’s list from his home state of North Carolina. She is an alumnus of her alma mater, Appalachian State University.
Kelly Kirk, who teaches kindergarten at Wakefield Elementary School in Wake Forest, North Carolina, reached out to the singer on Twitter.
“Hi @lukecombs,” Kirk tweeted. “I wanted to reach out and see if you wanted to support an Appalachian Elder with his teacher’s Amazon Wish List!” I teach kindergarten in North Carolina and would need some help with #clearthelist. Appreciate the support! “
“I erased it for you,” Combs replied. “Good luck to your students and GO APPS! “
I erased it for you. Good luck to your students and GO APPS! https://t.co/SAGlpEktIL
– Luke Combs (@lukecombs) August 8, 2021
Kirk was extremely grateful and responded with gratitude.
“OH MY GOD !!!! You made my year Luke,” she tweeted. “THANKS doesn’t seem enough! Please know that you have made such a difference in the lives of my students !!! ”
OH MY GOD!!!! You made my year Luke !!! THANKS does not seem sufficient! Know that you have made such a difference in the lives of my students !!! . Go the app !!! pic.twitter.com/b9Fe6LRtcq
– Kelly Kirk (@kelly_kkirk) August 8, 2021
Generosity seems to come naturally to the artist. In July, he covered the funeral costs of three people who died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning during a three-day music festival for which Combs was the headliner. He also made large donations to the MusiCares charity auction to support musicians in need, the Guitars 4 Vets organization, which promotes music as a therapeutic method for PTSD, Habitat for Humanity and other worthy organizations.
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