I wasn't kidding when I wrote that teaches around the country give their all to students each day. For many teachers, that means dipping into their own wallets, something that 92% of teachers report doing. Although teachers can write off up to $250 in classroom expenses on their federal taxes, the reality is that many spend much more than that --we're talking $1,000-- outfitting their classrooms and ensuring that all students have the supplies they need to succeed.
I once saw a teacher with a "giving tree" bulletin board in her classroom. Each paper apple on the tree listed an item she hoped to acquire for her room. The items ranged in price from a bottle of hand sanitizer to a classroom dictionary and beyond. It was a cute idea, but parents rarely enter the classroom. Here's something better: AdoptAClassroom.org. It's like a giving tree in the cloud, a wish list that can be accessed by almost anyone, at anytime, in any place.
As the second part of my work with Office Depot, I'm pleased to share that if you donate to a classroom as part of the REAL Change campaign, the recipient will be able to spend 100% of that money to secure school and classroom supplies at Office Depot. Nothing off the top, no transaction fees.
Whether you're a teacher or an outside helper, learn how you can get involved in the REAL Change campaign and sign on to Adopt A Classroom.
As you see in the graphic above, Office Depot is hosting a #TeachersChangeLives Pinterest Sweepstakes. Enter to win gift cards for you and your favorite teacher. Three winners will receive a $100 Office Depot gift card for each along with a $50 gift card for the teacher of your choice.
Create a board per the instructions above and then be sure to report your #TeachersChangeLives board here. Looking for examples? Check out Office Depot's board. Good luck!
Disclosure: I am an Office Depot REAL Change blog ambassador. This
post is part of a campaign where I was compensated for my time.