AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin teacher has received national recognition — and a surprise! Fred Tabares, an art teacher at Small Middle School, received $10,000 worth of school supplies for his class and colleagues from the Food for Good Foundation.
Teachers are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of school supplies.
Tabares, known to his students as “Mister T”, teaches a dozen different classes to more than 400 students, and he’s also a part-time dishwasher at a restaurant. He said the extra work helped him pay for the school supplies the students needed.
“It’s like the Indiana Jones ending in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ but with school supplies instead of top-secret government crates, and that’s awesome,” Tabares said. “It’s unbelievable. That’s one last thing my colleagues and I have to worry about this year.
In addition to teaching and working in the restaurant business, Tabares also helps coach the SMS football team and even performs as a DJ at school events.
Adopt A Classroom said teachers spent an average of $750 of their own money on school supplies in 2021. A $5 donation would buy the organization 35 crayons, 25 crayons, two notebooks and five sticks of glue.