Kristi's Kids

Aug 11, 2014 10:54 PM by Kristi Tedesco & Edgar Ybarra

Kristi's Kids: School supply shortage in Sunnyside district

TUCSON - Melody Duke is a first grade teacher at Summit View Elementary in the Sunnyside District. She says, "... I've probably spent close to $150 out of my own pocket (for school supplies...")

She also tells Kristi's Kids, "... I buy my own supplies because I like to be really prepared..."

Items like folders, colored pencils and glue sticks. The school supplies she has right now will get her halfway through the new school year.

Katie Rogerson, with Tucson Values Teachers says, "...teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets on basic classroom supplies." According to a recent, TVT survey, teachers in public, private and charter schools are all affected.

Rogerson says, "...there's really no other profession that requires their workforce to spend that kind of money out of their own pockets, just so that they can get to work."

Allison Breuker also teaches first grade at Summit View Elementary. She spends "... probably, at minimum, $200 a year." She says, her current supply of pencils will only get her through first month of classes.

If and when donations do come in, Breuker says " means that I don't have to worry about, if I can choose between paying for diapers for my own kids or paying for supplies for my classroom kids."

Last year Kristi's Kids, Tucson Values Teachers, Walgreens and our partners helped gather $192,000 worth of school supplies for Southern AZ. With one week left in our campaign, we've gathered about 65% of that amount this time around.

Online donations will be matched by Walgreens, dollar for dollar. Right now, those donations are down.

To learn more about the Kristi's Kids school supply drive, or to donate online, click here.


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