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We must come together to help fund schools

We must come together to help fund schools

We need to make it easier for anyone to help teachers with extra supplies and wants, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for an excellent education.

This should always be a given but especially now.

The last few years have been a challenging time, especially in education. I could go on and on about what schools, let alone teachers need to help our children move forward. At Garage Sale Easy, we believe we must all-volunteer and donate to ALL schools right now. Through this, we CAN and WILL make a difference.

Analysis shows that the impact of the pandemic on K–12 student learning was significant, leaving students on average five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading by the end of the school year. The pandemic widened preexisting opportunity and achievement gaps, hitting historically disadvantaged students hardest. In math, students in majority Black schools ended the year with six months of unfinished learning, students in low-income schools with seven. Researchers know that parental involvement can free teachers to focus more on teaching children. Also, by having more contact with parents, teachers learn more about students’ needs and home environment, which they can apply to meet those needs better.

Our teachers are superheroes, but they aren’t superhuman. They are working harder than ever and under more stressful conditions, and no doubt many of them are weary and discouraged. Teachers accept this responsibility and try extremely hard to do this well even when the conditions in which they work are far from ideal; at least most do. Our jobs as a society, education system and parents are to do our best to be strong allies to teachers since their success is essential to ours.

How can I help? Teachers need hands-on help from photocopying, filing, grading classwork, from lunch duty to recesses help; you could also assist with extracurricular activities, help with fundraising, become a class parent, schools always need help with something.

According to teachers, limited school supplies during distance learning negatively impacted students. 55% of students had few or no supplies at home when distance learning began. Most teachers said students were less likely to participate during distance learning because they did not have what they needed. More than half said they had students who did not engage with their education last school year at all. It is an emotional time not knowing if you’re going to be in the classroom or virtual learning Teachers and students need our support more than ever 94 percent of US public school teachers spend their own money on school supplies. They might start with enough pencils, paper, and school supplies, but teachers use their own money to replenish supplies by December.

Although federal funds are in place to help states and districts respond, funding is only part of the answer. We need to help schools; every little bit helps.

We need to make it easier for anyone to help a teacher attain extra supplies and wants, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education.

The items they buy often are classroom supplies such as pencils, crayons, paper, staples, paperclips, poster board sticky notes, colored card stock, binder clips, disinfectant wipes, glue dots, glue guns, dry erase markers, flair pens, tissue, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. Garage Sale Easy makes it simple for sellers to give a portion of their money to a favorite school or charity.

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”

― John Wooden

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