There are a variety of different ways to help teachers financially, with TeacherFunder becoming one of the most popular. Many prospective donors wonder how exactly their donations will be used.

Let’s take a moment to review how, I, as a teacher will use the funds that I have received via TeacherFunder.

First of all, let me just say that TeacherFunder has been such a positive experience that I often find myself wondering, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

I’ve had a number of parents and other teachers ask me what I’ll do with the funds that I receive, and after giving their queries much consideration, I’m now able to narrow my answer down to five main ways that I utilize these funds:

  • Classroom supplies
  • Field trips
  • Materials for art programs
  • Instrument rental for music class
  • Miscellaneous items that I would have previously paid for myself

It’s really amazing how much money teachers are expected to spend out of pocket. For the first couple of years that I was teaching, I didn’t really keep a running total of how much money I was spending during the school year. When I took the time to add everything up, I was shocked by the amount! It’s amazing how much money teachers spend throughout the year, and when parents or other members of the community step up to help ease the financial burden on teachers, it means the world to us.

Classroom supplies

Whenever there is a budgetary shortfall, the first cuts seem to always be at the classroom level. Whether there are cuts to supplies, hand-outs, copying budgets, or the like, most teachers are likely to pick up the shortfall rather than have their students suffer. Even when we may not have a lot of financial security, it just feels like the right thing to do!

With donated funds, I no longer have to worry about budget shortfalls or buying extra copy paper or school supplies.

Field trips

Taking students outside of the school environment can be an enriching experience on its own. They learn how to conduct themselves in public, and when the trip is to a historical or cultural locale, they learn even more. There is a lot that students can learn in a classroom setting, but the benefit of hands-on experience can magnify their understanding of a certain topic or subject matter.

Think back to your own school days, remember how difficult it was to grasp abstract ideas and concepts? With a trip to the natural history museum, for example, it becomes much easier for the students to gain a deeper understanding of science and how it affects that world around them.

Materials for art and music programs

We all know that arts and music programs are often the first to fall on the budgetary chopping block. We have set up a number of successful campaigns that focus solely on arts and music programs. Whether the funds are used for instrument rental for the students, or to pay for art classes that are no longer a part of the budget, these funds definitely make a significant difference in the lives of our students!

Miscellaneous items that I would have previously paid for myself

Throughout the year there are just so many things that pop up that aren’t covered by our classroom budget. There are times when such items as a weighted blanket can make a huge and positive impact on a student’s educational experience, or a trip to the local planetarium will help students to gain a much deeper understanding of their planets module. In addition to field trips, there are also a lot of classroom displays that help to further our students’ knowledge base.

There are a lot of great ways that funds are used by teachers and schools. And, when we see the donations from parents and community members roll in, we realize that we’re not alone in this! Knowing that we have this support makes a significant difference in how we approach our jobs, and our willingness to go the extra mile or two.

If you know that a local classroom is struggling financially, please consider making a donation and helping your school best serve the children in your community!