Public school teachers put up quite a hefty bill in out of pocket expenses for their students.
Now lawmakers are trying to create a reimbursement program to help recognize the financial sacrifices teachers make.
“I would say probably anywhere between 300 to 500 dollars each year maybe, for me, it’s a lot of the art supplies cause we do a lot of art projects in kindergarten so the school does supply paint and construction paper but beyond that, if we are doing anything crafty we’re buying our own Popsicle sticks, googly eyes for any of the fun things for projects,” said teacher Sarah Thom.
Mrs. Thom says projects like these spark interest in students and makes it fun to learn.
“I’m always more is better if I find something that’s more exciting to do or little more unique to do with the students,” said teacher Cathy McDermott.
She does it. Take for example this project that is basically a summary of all the key concepts her pre-algebra class learned last semester.
“So I bought the boxes and I bought some stickers and some adhesive paper so they can design a little thing and cut it out and stick it on their box,” said McDermott.
These projects get the kids to use their creative skills while also allowing them to go over what they’ve already learned.
“We want them to be able to use their creativity and expand on that,” said Thom.
It’s not just money that’s being spent on arts and crafts, many teachers spend money on fun decorations for their room.
“The fun rug on the floor that’s something extra, any extra seating that you have in the room like if you want something fun for them to sit on,” said Thom.
and when their wallets get tight there aren’t a lot of options left…
‘If we don’t supply it then who will? I mean the teachers can’t buy all of that for all these kids all the time,” said parent Christa Brunsell.
Brunsell says anytime she can she donates stuff like markers, crayons, and even stuff like tissues.
“Anything they can get reimbursed helps,” said Brunsell.
and that’s the hope in house bill 1208.
The bill is only in conference committee, several teachers testified in support.