Every year, Ashley Spivey asks teachers to submit their Amazon wishlists of classroom supplies. She then divides them up to bloggers and influencers, and we ask you, our caring readership, to help us fill them. This year is my first year, and I decided to pick up some lists because it’s bullish*t that teachers can’t rely on their districts to buy printer ink, crayons, etc.. But until we can fix the American educational system, this is what there is.
Alright…let’s help some teachers. I’m going to post each name/list I received. Please donate to the first one, if that one is filled, move to the next, and so on. They go fast, I’m told. So let’s fill these!
@Zoeedahl from Gainesville, FL // Wishlist
I am a Multiage (K-2) teacher in Gainesville, Florida. This is my first full year in the classroom after graduating with my masters this past spring. While working on my masters, I also worked in a Kindergarten classroom and then finished the year as a long term substitute in an online first grade class. I am SO excited to get this year started in person and could use some helping with my wishlist. We start school a week from tomorrow. I am so thankful to work in a district that is doing what is right for their teachers in times like these. Thank you for doing this every year!!!
@soonerjen529 from Houston, TX // Wishlist
I’m about to embark on year twelve of teaching. I teach in Texas and it’s time to update my class sets and the novels we will use for book clubs. I teach middle school Language Arts. I LOVE my job. I LOVE helping students find a book they enjoy.
@megelizabeth1 from Woodcliff Lake, NJ // Wishlist
I’m a first-year teacher & I’ll be teaching 4th grade in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. I’m starting from scratch! My main priority is building my classroom library and ensuring the collection is age appropriate, inclusive, & diverse. My classroom wishlist is full of these books and some misc. supplies. I would be SO appreciative if you shared it. Thanks so much again.
@marissajwood from St. Louis, MO // FILLED
@kimberlybrooksie from Fayetteville, NC // FILLED
@elisa_ceglia from Miami, FL // FILLED
Teacher here: completely agree it’s bullshit teachers can’t expect their districts to fully fund their classrooms. Thanks for doing this.
Done and done. Thanks for doing this. I like that it’s a tangible way to help.
Well done, Abra, well done!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to contribute in this way!
Agree that it’s BS and really appreciate you creating an opportunity for us all to contribute. Yet another reason to love this community!
@zoedahl: what quantity do you need on these items?
They can’t respond directly. My guess is it is just one.
Thank you so much for putting this together! Teachers have a hard job in a normal year – and these past couple school years have been anything but normal. So thanks for giving us a way to help out!
Thanks for organizing this! I’m so happy that most of the wishlists seem to be fulfilled already. I hate that teachers have to do this, but at least they are allowed to. I have heard of districts that don’t allow wishlists because they “don’t want to look poor” even though they don’t provide the supplies!
It makes me so happy that I had to sort through a few of these before finding one I could support! What a great idea.
Rachel C says:
Done! Thank you for organizing this.
I am a (professionally dressed-thanks Abra!) special education teacher. This community’s willingness and enthusiasm for supporting teachers is heart-warming. Teachers buy classroom supplies because we have to and want to. We want “our kids” to have everything they need and deserve. Thank you so much for your donations but even more for your support for a profession that we love!
Trying to buy from Meg’s list but cannot get the shipping on the remaining items to go to her; it keeps defaulting to me. Maybe someone else can figure this out. Sorry about that.
I just had the same problem, she must have her list set wrong. I sent Ashley a note.
If you, like me, are a little late to this party and are looking for another way to directly support classrooms, can I recommend DonorsChoose?
You can search by geographic area, school poverty levels, subjects being taught, and projects with no prior funding. This is a little different from an Amazon list since it requires teachers to provide more information about the materials requested and their specific situation, but it’s another way teachers can crowd-source funding for their classrooms (even though it’s RIDICULOUS that they have to do this!). It’s also a great way to send additional funds throughout the year since new projects are being posted all the time.
I tend to be suspicious of crowdfunding websites, but DonorsChoose has high charity ratings and I personally know many teachers who have used it successfully multiple times.
+1 to Donors Choose. I work in education and we regularly give out DC cards to teachers and principals. Great platform!
Late to the party, but THANK YOU for posting these! Just sent some stuff to soonerjen, hope the kids enjoy the books.