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It’s Back-to-School, and it’s time to recognize all of the amazing, hard-working teachers that are encouraging and guiding our kiddos in their formative years as they grow and develop into productive humans. There are many ways to bless these important leaders. Helping them outfit their classrooms with the supplies your children will be using is just one way to bless them this school year.
Local School Supply Drives
The United Way of Central Texas is holding a School Supply Drive during the month of August to benefit local Central Texas schools.
Amazon Teacher Wish Lists
This might be a well-kept secret, but teachers and educational professionals can create a classroom wish list and then share their lists publicly via Amazon. Anyone can ‘donate/purchase’ items that are on the list and after making a donation, donors are able to leave a message letting the teacher know just how much they are appreciated.
This new social media movement debuted in July via a Facebook group called Support A Teacher – Teacher Gifting. This group provides and outlet for educators to ask and donors to provide assistance.
If you frequent Twitter, you might have noticed the hashtag #clearthelists floating around. So far presidential hopefuls (namely Kamala Harris) and Texas Dirt Road Country artists (Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew) are jumping on the giving bandwagon to help teachers fulfill their classroom supply needs. Casey Donahew recently created a Go Fund Me page where his fans could donate to the #clearthelists phenomenon. His initial $50,000 goal was reached and new $75,000 goal was set.
So, as you can see, it is definitely the season for assisting teachers. Be sure to help a teacher out however you can.
Avery has worked as an assistant professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor since 2005. She is the Program Coordinator for the PR degree and oversees student internships. She earned her Accreditation in PR (APR) in 2015. She teaches classes in journalism, editing, public relations and social media. Avery also serves as a Subject-Matter-Expert in communication for UMHB’s myWay program. She earned an MA degree in Mass Communication at Texas State University and a BS degree in Journalism/Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. Avery and her husband Chad have two beautiful girls, Anya and Elise. When she is not teaching or chauffeuring kiddos to and from activities, she enjoys traveling.