If a Teacher Asks You For a Microwave, Buy It! Here’s Why

I don’t know about you, but the people who teach my son don’t make enough money! Think about it, they have to deal with our kids all day long. Good days & bad days, they are there to help mold their future.

There’s a new video making it’s rounds social media. It features a mom shopping at Target urging people to buy back-2-school supplies for their kid’s teachers. At one point, she quickly takes a swig from a nip.


Her name is Dena Blizzard, aka One Funny Mother, and she really is a mom and was outraged when she saw other parents complaining about having to buy back to school supplies for their kids. Her point: these people do their best to educate our kids, so buying pencils and binders is the least we can do.

The reality is not every parent can afford all the supplies their kids need. So sadly, teachers end up footing the bill for a lot of stuff. Someone talked to a bunch of teachers and asked which things they need most. Hopefully, when you get your back-to-school shopping list, maybe you’ll by a little extra, here are the top eight things teachers need donated:

  1. Pens and pencils. If the pencils are pre-sharpened, even better.
  1. Notebooks and folders. Ideally, without any designs on them.  Just solid colors.
  1. Erasers. Specifically the kind you stick on the end of a pencil after the original eraser gets worn out.
  1. Crayons. Obviously older kids don't need them.  But they're one of the top things kids need in kindergarten through the 3rd grade.  A box of 24 is perfect.  They don't need the kind with a billion color choices.
  1. Glue sticks. Again, younger kids need them.
  1. Dry-erase markers. Teachers go through a lot of them.
  1. Kleenex and antibacterial wipes. Schools don't always buy enough, so teachers end up paying for them.
  1. Red pens. Teachers go through a ton of them grading papers.

According to a federal Department of Education survey, 94 percent of public school teachers in the United States reported paying for supplies without reimbursement in the school year that straddled 2014 and 2015. Bottom line, when you're out shopping, don't forget to throw a few extra supplies in the cart for the teachers. 

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