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Your donations make a difference. and Alerus Mortgage believe that every student deserves access to supplies that will help them excel in school. This special campaign, lead by Alerus Mortgage, helps first-year teachers in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul metro area acquire the supplies their students need to learn.

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Why I spend my own money on my classroom:

  • $34,025

    MN average starting teacher salary

  • 30%

    of MN teachers leave in the first 5 years

  • $7.34B

    Annual national cost of teacher attrition assists teachers across the U.S. by connecting them with funding to purchase much-needed classroom supplies.

Our Mission

First-year teachers need a hand.

  • Jenna Styles Spooner
    Riverview Magnet Elementary
    "It was a big surprise to me that from simple things to any time you want to celebrate with your students, you have to pay for it. Your paycheck is nothing your first year. You’re trying to make things really special for your kids and it’s hard."
  • Kymberli Cosner
    4th Grade Science
    Fourth grade science teacher Kymberli Cosner had no idea she would be spending more than $500 to provide her students with basic materials such as crayons, glue sticks, scissors, books, ink, and lamination sheets. “I didn’t really know what to expect as a first-year teacher. I wasn’t sure until I went to my classroom what I was actually going to get and what I had to buy myself."

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Help us reach our goal.

Together, we aim to raise $20,000 to help 200 teachers be successful in their first year of teaching. Help and Alerus Mortgage meet our goal.

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