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I have to pay $35 just to be in my drama class. like sure, I'll buy pencils and paper and all that jazz, but jeez. schools don't get as much money as they should, and when they do they have a tendency to spend most of it on the sports programs, at least in America.
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After the semester is over, there would be bulks of left over items for people to take home


That. People should stop doing that. It would mean there's less needed next time around. Use resources efficiently, and you won't have to ask parents for mountains of tissue paper every year.
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BlueOni wrote:

That. People should stop doing that. It would mean there's less needed next time around. Use resources efficiently, and you won't have to ask parents for mountains of tissue paper every year.
I'm pretty sure teachers ask for those resources regardless of supply. I remember bringing it every year. it's not and on/off thing. it has literally became a custom.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

I'm pretty sure teachers ask for those resources regardless of supply. I remember bringing it every year. it's not and on/off thing. it has literally became a custom.


Assuming that's the case this is a custom which must fade away. Such supplies should be obtained on a for use basis, and non-perishable excess should be saved away to reduce the need for further production. In addition to being more economically efficient, it's also more environmentally sound since you're not continuing to produce tissue paper no one's using.
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Asking for more than strictly is necessary is a hedge against those parents who ... question the use of sending supplies necessary to ensure the clean and smooth operation of the institution they are entrusting half their children's waking lives to.

Do you want there to be more of the (extremely cheap but useful) things than they need left over at the end of the year, where they get used by somebody eventually anyway, or would you prefer quarterly fundraisers. "Come on, we only need 4 more boxes of tissues to meet our Fall Fundraiser goal. This flu season started early and we're dangerously close to having to use lined notebook paper to blow our noses. Your donation is appreciated, please give today!"
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scoobydew wrote:

My sons teachers always have a wish list they put on door with 3x5 cards during first week of school. A parent can take a card which might say 1 box of #2 pencils which is like 2.50
1 box Kleenex
Cleaning stuff sometimes is on there or liquid soap the rule we have no item can be more that 5 dollars but to be honest to keep a germ free classroom I would supply liquid soap for the entire school- lol


Thats a great idea!! I know of a few parents who would be willing to help out like that!!
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Finny-sama wrote:

I have to pay $35 just to be in my drama class. like sure, I'll buy pencils and paper and all that jazz, but jeez. schools don't get as much money as they should, and when they do they have a tendency to spend most of it on the sports programs, at least in America.


Yeah, you wonder where these "awesome" grants go to!!
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BlueOni wrote:

People are more willing to hand over goods or money if they feel they're either in the driver's seat deciding what and how much or getting something in return. You might establish a common pool of supplies paid for by fundraising events your parent-teacher association puts on, you might simply ask for donations on an "as you can" basis for individual classrooms, or you might try both and use the supplies obtained with the parent-teacher association's funding as a backup stock.

Ideally local education budgets would be sufficiently large to provide something like tissue paper, but if you find you're just blowing through it (badum-TISS) the above is a good way to supplement your stocks.


A "common pool of supplies" fundraiser is a way to get the community involved!! Great idea!!
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scoobydew wrote:

My sons teachers always have a wish list they put on door with 3x5 cards during first week of school. A parent can take a card which might say 1 box of #2 pencils which is like 2.50
1 box Kleenex
Cleaning stuff sometimes is on there or liquid soap the rule we have no item can be more that 5 dollars but to be honest to keep a germ free classroom I would supply liquid soap for the entire school- lol


Thats a great idea!! I know of a few parents who would be willing to help out like that!!


What makes it work is nobody feels pressure to pick a card I know some parents might not have cash due to economic times so I usually take more than 1 card by second week all cards are gone and supplies wish is fulfilled. We had no money for field trips so we meaning parents asked if we each put 20.00 per kid toward a trip would that work? Principal said it would pay for 2 trips- we had kids sell lemon aide,cookies cause parents didn't have money, if a kid wants something to happen they are amazing. Side note we went to Alcatraz for first trip then to Art Museum for second trip. Morale of story don't take no for answer in public school parents and kids make shit happen
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A "common pool of supplies" fundraiser is a way to get the community involved!! Great idea!!


Family-oriented theme nights in the school (some holidays lend themselves to this pretty well), concessions and ticket sales at events such as performances, sporting events, and dances, there are ways to raise funds without leaving people feeling like you're just raising funds. What you're left with after the money's done changing hands is kids feeling like they accomplished something, parents getting a chance to show their support for their kids' passions, and opportunities for families to spend time together. Provided you don't gouge people at the stands (and those candy bar fundraisers are notorious for gouging) people shouldn't mind too much. And if you have a clear plan everyone knows about from the beginning for what the money's going to be used for and can manage to get everyone to stick to it you'll be that much poorer for drama and politicking down the road.

All that's left after that is to keep stocks of the non-perishable goods so you can put greater priority on refreshing your stock of perishable items next time. Run that supply closet like a quartermaster, accounting for every crumb that comes in or out. All that would take is a supply sheet on the door with a column for names, a column for items taken, and a column for dates. It wouldn't have to be anything elaborate. Just count your supplies either bi-weekly or monthly.
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A teacher doesn't get paid that much, so helping her out is helping the whole class out in needing certain items like pencils throughout the whole year. I wish our teachers in America would get a raise instead of workers at Walmart does. Mostly it's the parents job to care for their kids in getting school supplies for them too.
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Posted 8/5/15

sarabi5 wrote:


BlueOni wrote:

People are more willing to hand over goods or money if they feel they're either in the driver's seat deciding what and how much or getting something in return. You might establish a common pool of supplies paid for by fundraising events your parent-teacher association puts on, you might simply ask for donations on an "as you can" basis for individual classrooms, or you might try both and use the supplies obtained with the parent-teacher association's funding as a backup stock.

Ideally local education budgets would be sufficiently large to provide something like tissue paper, but if you find you're just blowing through it (badum-TISS) the above is a good way to supplement your stocks.


A "common pool of supplies" fundraiser is a way to get the community involved!! Great idea!!


I have to agree too, some parents may not have the money to help with their kids to school.
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I wana say we used to bring in tissues for the class at the beginning of the school year, but this was the 80's and they still had janitors and money for cool junk.
After that, I like germs, they keep me healthy through getting a little sick!
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jackrabbit92 wrote:

A teacher doesn't get paid that much, so helping her out is helping the whole class out in needing certain items like pencils throughout the whole year. I wish our teachers in America would get a raise instead of workers at Walmart does. Mostly it's the parents job to care for their kids in getting school supplies for them too.


No kidding! Teachers should be able to have a stipend each year for consumable items alone.
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speaking as a teacher ... well you either gotta buy the supplies yourself with your money or get the kids to bring it.

However the "lists" they hand out at the beginning of the school year are ridiculous; I say buy what the child will def need at his/her age, see later if you need the othe rstuff.

Far as kleenex, clorox wipes, etc etc... maybe a child who has a cold should bring his own kleenex during the time he is sick but i think that sort of stuff the school should supply.
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