It’s #FAQFriday where I answer your questions- questions about helping schools, questions that come up from something I’ve posted this week, or just any ol question you have.
Today’s question: why should we even help a school- isn’t that what tax dollars are for?
It’s a fair question and there’s many possible answers. I won't even pretend I have the answers. Minds much smarter than mine wrestle with how to best fund our public schools.
Here’s what I do know: each September my church asks our school’s teachers and staff one question: “what do you need?”. We let them answer the question however they want. There’s a teacher on staff who collects the email replies and then sends it over to us and we do our best to provide those items.
The picture above represents what we’re providing this fall.
Those boxes keep students and staff healthy: Kleenex. Hand sanitizer. Clorox wipes.
Those boxes provide students with supplies necessary to learn: Glue sticks (so many glue sticks!). Markers. Colored Pencils. Folders. Notebooks.
Those boxes help standardized testing go better: mints. Candy. Gum.
Those boxes help teachers: a hot glue gun. Colored paper. Cardstock. Playdoh. Timers. Coffee filters.
And so much more.
I don’t know how a school district budget works.
I don’t know how a school building budget works.
I don’t know what tax dollars provide and what they don’t provide.
But I do know this: if you ask a school or a teacher what they need, you’ll get similar requests.
It’s why #clearthelists trended last month.
It’s why DonorsChoose.org donors choose exists.
What does a school need and how can you help?
Some organizations who have booked this training