Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

While parents spend hundreds on back to school for their children, Navarre teachers are pitching in just as much of their own cash to supply their students and stock their classrooms.

Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS) civics teacher Ashley Hall has invested $1,500 into her classroom this year, and she’s not alone in that spending.

Hall said keeping the class stocked can be a challenge.

“It’s a consistent process of replacing every year. It’s amazing how many pencils you give away a day,” she said. “And rulers because they break every year. And clipboards.”

Hall estimated giving out about 25 pencils a day to students who needed them. A 20-pack of pencils runs about 46 cents. That amounts to more than $100 in pencils for the school year.

But teachers are not asked to pay for everything. Each year teachers are given a LEAD stipend to offset the cost of supplies.

Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said the teachers are not expected to put in any money.

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Holley-Navarre Middle School civics teacher Ashley Hall bough folders to create projects packets for each of her students. Hall said while purchasing the folders is not necessary, these types of supplies help her school year run more smoothly.

Holley-Navarre Middle School civics teacher Ashley Hall bough folders to create projects packets for each of her students. Hall said while purchasing the folders is not necessary, these types of supplies help her school year run more smoothly.

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