The phenomenon that went viral is called #clear the list and, unfortunately, for disadvantaged teachers, this is becoming more and more the norm as it becomes their only way to finance the purchase of school supplies.
Like many teachers, Rebecca Dennis, who teaches Spanish at two Pittsburgh schools, lacks the school supplies to teach the 450 students who follow each other in her classes.
I can’t help but give a 4 year old preschooler a sheet of paper and a worksheet with a pen; it’s impossible, she explains. I need all the extra materials: plasticine, animal figurines, because there is no other way to easily learn a new language at this age or make it fun and exciting.
Faced with a woeful lack of money in schools for such basic equipment, she turned to generous donors to purchase school supplies. Today she is very proud to show off the many items she has purchased for her class: notebooks, rugs, desk organizer, posters, decorations, storage boxes, snacks…
This cornucopia was obtained thanks to a list of necessary items that the young teacher posted on Amazon and rebroadcast on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #clear the list.
Thus, Internet users can select and pay for articles, and then send them directly to the teacher who made the list.
It’s a lesson in humility,” explains Rebekah Dennis. I have received a lot of articles from people who chose to remain anonymous, so I can’t send thank you letters to them; they just made it beautiful.
Basic and Mandatory Lists
Anita Douglas, who teaches French at a school in Iowa, also had to put up with making a list on Amazon.
It’s usually the teacher who buys and helps students who don’t have anything, she says. It gets expensive as you can imagine.
First, she looks for books in elementary French for those students who have never studied another language.
As for the other materials she needed, she was successful.
It was really fun; my husband called me and said there was an amazon truck with a big pallet full of things. And he asked me, “What is this?” I replied: “It’s a list!”
Jodi Shervanik, a teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada, also took the plunge:
I had to pay a lot for my class in the past and I am so grateful for the move #clear the list because a complete stranger who lives out of state bought me a $200 rug for my kindergarten class. It might seem like a simple thing, but a kindergarten rug that everyone has their own place on is part of an important classroom management strategy. I need it.
When asked how she feels about receiving such a gift, Jody’s eyes water.
When I received this, I scanned the QR code to contact the generous donor and asked her to send me an email address so I could send her a thank you photo. I think it’s important.
Begging for gear
His colleague Ryan Fromoltz, who teaches at a high school, regrets the lack of care from schools.
Among the things I needed this year were fans because it can get really hot in the classroom here in Las Vegas, especially when there is no air conditioning.he said.
The need to find ways to fund school supplies remains deeply unfair, he said.
I hate asking people for money, but in 11 years of teaching, I’ve asked through Amazon, Donors Choose, and other school supplies programs for over $10,000.
A situation that he regrets and which, in his opinion, says a lot about the state of the education system in the United States.
This is a pathetic message that we send to the youth. In this country, teachers have to beg and ask for only the bare necessities.
Anita Douglas adds:
It’s not fair; my husband works in a bank, he doesn’t buy pens, paper, etc., but the teachers have always been doing this for several years.
She says it’s proof that these providential listings of big companies like Amazon, Walmart and others offering the ability to list them online on their site are part of a trend that will continue.
” It became a huge move; I posted my list, I passed on the list of others, and it became a community. »
Rebecca Dennis bought several hundred dollars worth of things for other teachers who also gave her gifts. The one who signed up on Twitter just two months ago to spread her list now has over 3,500 followers.
Still waiting for generous donors to complete the purchases on her list, she plans to stay on the social network:
There are so many teachers and friends of teachers who want this to work for us and I want to continue to develop those relationships.
In the weeks since the start of the school year, some American teachers have managed to buy a significant portion of the basic necessities. However, they are aware that next year it will be necessary to repeat this process of prayer, which seems to them unjustified.