Months after Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico, many schools are still without power or the necessary materials needed to run a classroom. But teachers are still pushing ahead—and they are doing everything in their power to be there for each student impacted by the storm. We know teachers often serve as first responders to their students’ needs. With that said, many teachers have lost resources, supplies, and other items necessary to make their schools a safe place—all while dealing with their own personal losses.
What if you had to pay out of pocket for all of the supplies you need to do your job? Your computer, tablet, desk, chair, anything you use at work had to be paid for out of your own money. Seems crazy, right? But teachers have to.
Every year teachers spend anywhere from $600-$1,000 of their own money on supplies for their classroom. It’s even more for new teachers, they need to stock their classrooms and build their inventory for the first time. It’s expensive. And, new teachers are already struggling financially. Nationally, the average starting salary for teachers is $36,141 and student loan debt for teachers is in excess of $15,000. This means the supplies for their classroom have to come out of an already tight budget—their own pocket. Learn more>
What is an “Inclusive Classroom” and why is it important?
Every student learns in their own way and often at their own pace. And, we know teachers are uniquely positioned to identify and address each student’s individual needs. The Inclusive Classroom Fund will support teachers wanting to incorporate reading materials better representative of their students cultural and experiential backgrounds, materials for ESL students, equipment and curriculum materials for special needs students, anti-bullying programs and workshops, diversity training for teachers, alternative learning therapies, and much more. Learn more>
The Lacek Group and Whittier International Elementary are joining forces to bring better educational opportunities to students in Minneapolis.
Ditch teamed up with Adopt-A-Classroom to help the teachers at Maxfield Elementary (St Paul, MN) purchase much-needed supplies for their kids. With Adopt-A-Classroom, teachers choose how they use the funds in their classroom.
95% of the kids live at or below the poverty level
30% of the kids will experience homelessness this year
50% of the kids experienced homelessness in the past 5 years
At schools like Maxfield Elementary, teachers go above and beyond to support their students. Learn more >
Supplies for Students (S4S), is based in Maryland and made up of over 40 students from various public high schools. S4S’ mission is to advocate for a quality education, fundraise for statewide educational initiatives, and provide adequate supplies for students. We hope that we can impact the lives of children and supply them with the necessary materials to succeed later in life. Join them in giving schools in Maryland a helping hand.
When Houston-area teacher and photographer Clarice Brito-Salcido (CiciLoo Photography) posted photos of kids playing in the street after Hurricane Harvey, she has no idea how the inspiring images would go viral – symbolizing for many Americans their determination to come together to help Houston recover. Clarice has partnered with AdoptAClassroom.org to raise funds for teachers in the Special Education Department at Kingwood High School. Clarice teaches at another, rival high school nearby that was not badly damaged by flooding. Learn more
On Wednesday, August 2nd, a natural gas explosion ravaged the upper campus of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minn., piercing a giant hole in the structure, sparking a blaze and leaving mounds of debris where a stairwell, utility area and classrooms previously stood. Your gift to the Minnehaha Academy Relief Fund will not only provide financial resources needed for restocking classrooms destroyed in the explosion, it will help the community begin to heal and move forward after this tragic event. Give now >
At The Lacek Group, communication, creativity, and collaboration define what we do best, and what makes TLG a great place to work. We put those same forces to work to help make our community a great place to live.
This year, we are collaborating with AdoptAClassroom.org to support Banaadir Academy in Minneapolis, where hardworking faculty and staff are doing amazing things to provide educational opportunities for children from the Minneapolis Somali community. Learn more>
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