So, quite a bit happened last night at the budget hearing and the board meeting. Much of it I’m still digesting (particularly the budget), and I’ll write about later over this long weekend. But since it’s Friday, I thought I’d write about something a little more positive. (Strange, I know, but it’s a long weekend, and I’m looking forward to hanging with family by the lake! Don’t worry, I’ve already got a couple of posts in the works that will return me to my normal cantankerous self.)
Last night The Schools Foundation offered a presentation about one of their latest initiatives called, Free 2 Teach. (For the record, I love the way our town volunteers to help others. It’s one of the best things about Huntsville.)
Free 2 Teach is a non-profit organization that will be a store house of at least seven “core items” of school/teaching supplies that will be made available, free of charge, to teachers in Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County Schools.
These seven core items are:
- #2 Pencils
- Washable Markers
- Glue Sticks
- Copy Paper
- Loose Leaf Paper
While this list doesn’t include the most commonly requested item (printer ink), I suspect that they will also have that available to teachers as well.
on January 10th in July. a group of volunteers, housed in West Huntsville Elementary School (one of the closed schools that the board has not yet sold), will open their doors for business to teachers. Once a month teachers will be invited to come and get the basic supplies that they need for their classroom.
Since it just doesn’t feel right for me to be too positive, let me stop here for a minute. What other business on the planet requires that its employees, beg, borrow, or purchase out of their own pocket the basic supplies that they need to do their job?
We have devalued education in this country so much that our cities, states, and our nation refuse to fund basic supplies. Those out there who claim that schools should operate like a business, how many of those businesses would retain their employees if they insisted that their employees buy their own copy paper?
It’s ridiculous that schools have to waste their time conducting paper drives. If you want to see schools improve, let teachers teach rather than fund raise.
But I digress. Free 2 Teach sounds like a great program that I will be supporting once they open for volunteers sometime in October. I encourage you to do the same.
More to come later this weekend, but until then, Happy Labor Day!