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How Teachers Can Fund School Supplies

Daniela McVicker

Teachers know the struggle of working with outdated equipment and not having the necessary school supplies for proper functioning in the classroom. Ill-equipped classrooms are a struggle for both the teachers and the students. Teachers everywhere fork out their own money for school supplies, expenses which can escalate quickly.

Sometimes, we need to take things into our own hands.

Funding school supplies takes some effort and a lot of patience. If you’ve got this covered, you’re ready for the guide we’ve put together to help you get ideas on how to fund the essential equipment for your students.

Stand United for School Supplies

You and your students can work wonders together. All you need to do is provide proper guidance, and you can raise some serious money together.

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What are we talking about?

We’re talking about organizing a class project to join forces and earn the money you need for supplies.

You and your students can:

  • Organize a flea market at the school.
  • Put together a talent show or a school play.
  • Sell homemade food during an event (moms can help!).
  • Create artwork and sell it.
  • Enter a contest that offers a money prize.

Everyone can pitch in and it will bring the whole class closer together. It’s a great way to raise money.

Crowdfunding

In case you’re not familiar with the term, crowdfunding is about raising certain amounts of money by small donations made by a lot of people, via the internet.

All you need to do is make a presentation of your issue and show it to the people who will be reading your crowdfunding call to action.

Make sure to:

  • Present the situation realistically.
  • Specify your goals.
  • Explain why you need the supplies.
  • Explain how it will affect your students’ learning experience.

Put some effort into writing this, and hope for the best reaction from people all around. Ask friends and family to share the crowdfunding and spread the word and encourage all the students to do the same.

Grants

Finding a grant, fellowship, or scholarship can be a lifesaver for you. Let’s see how it all works and what your job will be in finding the right grant.

There are two types of grants:

  • Federal grants
  • Private grants

People behind these projects understand the value of quality education and are ready to donate serious sums of money to make schools a better place.

However, a grant application isn’t just going to fall on your head. You need to search the Internet and find a grant which suits your needs and is in accordance with your school’s situation.

But, that’s the easy part. Now comes the most important part. You need to write a killer application letter.

It will increase your chance of getting the grant, so you have to do your best:

  • Write it in a professional yet friendly tone.
  • Be concise, don’t leave anything out.
  • Clearly define what you plan on doing with the money.

If you fear your writing needs embellishment, don’t hesitate in asking for help from someone more experienced than you. You can even check out some of the top essay writing services and get a professional to help you write it.


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Daniela McVicker is a psychologist and a freelance writer. She is also an editor at Topwritersreview. Her passion is writing about education and how to make it better starting from yourself.