It is a well-known fact that public school teachers often have to spend their own money on school supplies due to a lack of funding. Many teachers face the difficult choice of educating without the necessary supplies or opening their own wallets to make up for this.
The average K-12 public school teacher spends $459 of their own money on supplies each year. This places an unnecessary burden on educators and can negatively impact the learning experience for children.
To help with this, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has launched the fifth annual Write Start Project.
The goal of the project is to fill the cost gap for teachers by providing them with much-needed school supplies for the upcoming year. To do this, United Way is asking for community donations of items like #2 pencils, composition notebooks, crayons, disinfecting wipes, dry erase markers, glue sticks and more.
Individuals can donate or host a supply drive with friends and family or at their workplace. School supply bags can be purchased by texting WRITESTART to 41444. An online shopping list of the supplies needs is available here.
The 2022 “Write Start Project” is sponsored by BCFS Health and Human Services, Coca-Cola, Cavender Auto Family, Alamo Cement Company and Pen Fed Credit Union. Donations will be accepted through July 30. For a list of drop-off locations, please visit our website.
Without these supplies, educators will have a much more difficult time performing the basic fundamentals of teaching. Donations will help teachers in Edgewood ISD and SWISD start the school year off right, without having to dip into their own pockets to do so.