Teachers need money. Companies can give classrooms “stuff.” Schools can have resources. Laptops. Ipads. Phones. Pencils. Desks. Lights. Etc. But when it comes down to it, teachers just need money.
I want to localize this a bit, and bring it to Virginia.
According to the Virginia Education Association, Virginia is the 12th wealthiest state in the USA, but it ranks 42nd in per-student funding. The VEA also says Virginia currently pays teachers about $9,200 less than the national average. Click here for some gut-wrenching stories from Virginia’s teachers who struggle to make ends meet.
Let’s Do Something!
For every Live Write! item sold, I will put $2 aside. That’s pretty much what I make on the items, minus some change. At the end of the month, I will surprise some Virginia teachers with cash. Moola. Dinero. Dolla’s. Straight Cash, Homey. Cha-ching. I’m calling it the #VirginiaTeacherChallenge.
When I give a teacher money, I’ll be sure to get it on video and write about it here.
What Can You Do?
Check out the awesome Live Write! items and click here to buy something. It’s mostly t-shirts, but also cell phone cases and a mug. Anything will help teachers.
If, for some reason, you don’t want to get a cool item, but you still want to help, then you can donate here:
Donate to #VirginiaTeacherChallenge
I'll surprise Virginia teachers with cash at the end of the month.
I will be sure to keep everyone updated with the progress. I’m so tired of watching teachers struggle. I have two children in public schools in Virginia and I was a public school teacher in Virginia. Frankly, I’m just tired of waiting for teachers to get more.