As a teacher that isn't a reading, writing, arithmetic teacher, it would be hard for you to imagine what I think are important school supplies for my room. And I think in 2015, this is the case with most teachers. Many kids bring nothing to school or they bring things that have nothing to do with their age levels (protractors in 1st grade, for example) and schools only provide so much in the way of supplies. Some parents are great about supplying the extras but it's often a last minute idea that pushes me to have to buy something myself that no one would think I would need or would deem necessary enough to give me the funds to do so.
So, here's my rant for the week:
I received your email about the 30% off for educators from my principal the other day. I really appreciate what your store does to help teachers in the classroom and make our lives a little easier.
However, I take offense at the remark that things like sweatshirts, trash bags, hammers and other things that have "nothing to do with the classroom" are not covered. I can't help hearing a little ha ha in the background from some bigwig who made the concession that we should get a discount... but not too much and not on everything...
Perhaps you haven't been in my 5th grade classroom and watched the same sweatshirt walk in the door for 100 days in a row, every food and other substance imaginable spilled on it, reeking of cigarettes and who knows what else. A new sweatshirt would do wonders for that child's well-being and the rest of us that have to see and smell it.
Or maybe you didn't realize that though the custodians do a little bit of cleaning in my classroom each day, they don't always take out the trash bags when they take the trash. If they think the trash bag can be reused, they will leave it for another day. Imagine that at the high point of cold and flu season. Trash bags could really help me keep my students and myself healthier in my classroom.
Unless a person teaches woodworking, it would seem that hammers would certainly not be used nor would they be deemed safe in the classroom.. However, when a bookcase falls apart or a shelf falls off the wall and waiting for a work order to go through would just endanger everyone in the room, a secretly hidden hammer in the back of the teacher's cabinet can work magic and keep clothing from being torn or knees from getting ripped open.
Teachers are exceptionally creative when it comes to repurposing items or making do with improvised versions of more expensive items that they wish they could have for their classrooms. As a teacher with 20 years of experience in the classroom, I could not begin to make a list of what my neighboring teacher would consider things that have anything to do with the classroom. I'm not sure anyone could.
In the future, maybe the sale could be shorter but could include everything in the store so that teachers can buy the things that we feel are important enough to spend our own money on.