Pupils will soon be returning to school and teachers are turning to Amazon and Facebook for help with supplies.
You may have seen the wishlist posts filled with what teachers need to start the year.
Educators said that due to smaller budgets and higher costs, contributing now is more important than ever.
Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association president Shawna Mott-Wright said shrinking teacher budgets and rising inflation mean teachers are dipping into their own pockets to gather what they need.
“The need is great, and our children are worth it, and so we are trying to do everything we can do,” she said. “Our children come to us with more needs and fewer resources than before.”
Teachers have always posted wish lists online for parents and generous donors to help out. But because the need is so great this year, for the first time, TCTA has created its own Amazon wishlist to give away to teachers.
“We appreciate all of that. I’ve never met a teacher who said, ‘Oh, I only have one thing on my list. Usually it’s, ‘I have this thing on my list, I’m so excited!’ And so we’re very grateful for any help we can get,” Mott-Wright said.
Curator of the Skiatook Arts Center and art teacher at the Montessori Academy of Owasso, Lauren McKuin felt the concern of some teachers preparing for a school year with insufficient resources.
“We all need help, we all need a helping hand, and why not stick together as a community,” McKuin said.
She doesn’t just share the lists her fellow teachers post — she uses her role at the arts center to give back.
“Trying to donate proceeds from our art shows to give back to the school system,” she said. “Understanding how many teachers we can help and how many items we can get per teacher and things like that. We try to make sure we’re also doing our part, not just sharing the information,” she said. declared.
The Skiatook Art Center is hosting a show on Saturday night, with proceeds going to teachers.