In an Edutopia survey a few years back, nearly half of the educators that responded told us that they spend $500 or more on classroom supplies each year out of their own pockets. Thank your teacher by helping stock their classroom. Ask them what they need most -- it could be as simple as new whiteboard pens or an extra pencil sharpener.
If you are unable to provide the supplies yourself, or the wish list is large, you can research ways to get free supplies through websites like DonorsChoose.org or Adopt-A-Classroom, and help set up and promote the campaigns. Don’t stop there -- check out "How to Get Free Teaching Materials" for more ideas.
Every day in May we'll be offering up a new way to appreciate teachers.
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