Meet a ‘Panhandling Teacher’ who begs for propagandize supplies
September 29, 2017 - School Supplies
Oklahoma clergyman Teresa Danks became so undone with pursuit cuts, propagandize closings and a miss of resources that she took to a streets in Jul to desire for propagandize supplies.
A clergyman during a financially strapped Tulsa Public Schools, Danks wanted to make a indicate that teachers need assistance in educating children.
She brought her summary to North Texas on Thursday, where thousands of teachers frequently spend their possess income on supplies, from pencils to glue sticks to cleaning wipes.
“I was nervous,” Danks said, describing how she used a pointer to desire strangers for support. Her husband, Jonathan Roark, took a design to share on amicable media.
It usually took an hour for internal media to call Danks, a third-grade teacher. A day later, her story went inhabitant and afterwards global. A design of her went viral — she was holding a pointer that review “Teacher Needs School Supplies! Anything Helps. Thank you.”
Now Danks is famous for her grassroots debate and has turn famous as “Panhandle Teacher.”
She came to Fort Worth to offer her star energy to a internal classroom supply expostulate and disciple for improved preparation appropriation during a national, state and internal levels.
The Star-Telegram reported progressing this week that Tarrant County mislaid $7 million in sovereign appropriation this propagandize year.
“Education needs to be a priority,” Danks pronounced as she prepared to pronounce to internal schoolteachers.
For a third year, a United Educators Association is partnering with Tarrant County Precinct 5 Justice of a Peace Sergio L. De Leon to collect reserve for teachers who work during schools in Fort Worth.
“We need to do a improved pursuit of ancillary a teachers,” De Leon said. “It is critically critical that we support a educators. They are on a front lines of educating a kids.”
Steven Poole, UEA’s executive director, pronounced teachers spend an normal of $1,000 to $2,000 a year for classroom supplies. Poole pronounced this is a national emanate that affects teachers of all class levels.
“No matter where they are teachers are always wanting additional reserve for their classrooms,” Poole said.
In 3 years, a internal bid has lifted about $30,000 and helped about 250 teachers during about 10 schools, De Leon said.
The expostulate has warranted support from a Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association, that affianced some-more than $5,000 in classroom reserve and present cards. Wal-Mart affianced $10,000. Teachers will expected get a reserve and present cards after winter break, De Leon said.
Danks’ fundraising efforts on interest of open propagandize teachers has been showcased in The Washington Post and Time magazine. She has used amicable media to foster a issue, including a GoFundMe page called “Teresa Danks, Begging for Education.” She is also advocating for teachers on Facebook.
Danks, a clergyman for 20 years, pronounced many educators are desirous to learn since they trust preparation is a pivotal to a clever community.
“We put a hearts and souls into it,” she said, propelling people to strech out to educators to find out how they can best support them.
De Leon pronounced a recognition of Danks’ actions is a summary to state and internal preparation leaders that “we all have a stake” in creation certain teachers have a collection they need to teach children.