Teachers are put in the position of spending their own money on classroom supplies all too often. If schools don’t have big enough budgets, teachers have to choose between providing key supplies for kids in their classes or possibly depriving them of the full learning experience. It’s not easy, and as we approach back-to-school season, Reddit wants to help with Redditgifts for teachers.
Reddit reports teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money on school supplies in the 2012-2013 school year. Each teacher spent an average of $485. Even if you spread that amount over the year, it adds up. Reddit’s efforts make a dent in those numbers; in 2013, Redditgifts for Teachers provided over $350,000 in donated school supplies to 9,000 teachers. They’d like to surpass those numbers this year, and you can participate.
The program is straightforward. If you want to send supplies to a teacher, sign up for the exchange and choose, “I want to send a care package.” If you’re a teacher who wants to receive a care package, sign up and choose, “I am a teacher and want to receive a care package.” (Yes, they’ll verify that you’re actually a teacher). You can join t he exchange from now through Monday, August 18th, and when Reddit closes sign-ups, they’ll randomly pair donors with teachers. There are no location restrictions and no requirements about what donors should send. A pack of pencils, markers, paper – every supply makes a difference.
Head over to Redditgifts to get all the details and sign up to give or receive school supplies.