MY “AHA” MOMENT
“The Education Market Association says that virtually all teachers wind up paying out of pocket for supplies, and it’s not chump change, either. On average, most spent nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1000 or more. All told a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifting from parents – or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts – onto teachers themselves.” (http://time.com/money/4392319/teachers-buying-school-supplies/) It wasn’t one article, but multiple articles on the topic that got the wheels turning. I’m sure we can do better.
THE BIG IDEA
Our Non-Profit, Teach Reach, hopes to cover Isabella, Gratiot and Midland Counties with the sole purpose of helping with these out of pocket expenses through a membership system that will off-set an estimated $400 to $500 of classroom supply expenses per school year.
WHY MY IDEA IS BETTER THAN THE REST
By fostering a relationship with and between our members, donors/sponsors and the community we hope to provide substantial support for our members. Members will be able to identify their needs and receive assistance with classroom supplies.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
These funds will be used for website development/maintenance, promotional materials, legal and accounting fees.