I am teaching 19 very bright students. I love to teach with a lot of hands on activities. Art supplies are expensive. I also like to teach with lots of visuals. Models and manipulatives can also be pretty pricey. Just the other day I was using a balance scale and after the lesson the students wanted to use it. But I only have one, and as I thought about how hard it would be to get a new one if that one was broken, I told them no. I like to let the kids use all the tools we use. I have been in Hawaii for almost 5 years. I have not recieved a raise since I have been here. Infact due to furloughs, my pays continues to go down. It makes it harder and harder to fund my classroom when the state doesnt give us enough money and I dont have enough of my own money to purchase the things I would like to for my class. Any help is greatly appreciated.