Saturday, August 13, 2016

When is the government of North Carolina going to be ashamed of having their children solicit for school supplies.

It is shameful to think a child will report for school in North Carolina (where they are required to be by law) without school supplies to facilitate their learning. 


Tyran Bell is a wonderful boy. But, he should be doing his Summer reading in preparation for school rather than worrying about his school supplies.

August 4, 2016
By WECT Staff

Wilmington, NC - Tyran Bell posted (click here) on his mother’s Facebook a few days ago, asking to mow lawns so he could pay for his school supplies.
Since then, donations and school supplies have been pouring into A1 Security Services LLC, the business that started a donation drive for Tyran.
“He’s 10 years old and for a 10-year-old to take that initiative and want to help his mom because she was struggling, I just thought that was amazing,” said A1 Security Services LLC President Theresa Babb.
Bell’s hard work has payed off. He now has enough supplies for the school year and plenty left over, but his work isn’t done.
He wants to give the rest back to the community. “I’m gonna put them in bags and go around the community and pass them out to whoever needs school supplies,” stated Bell....
Requirements for a 5th grader:

Staples (click here)

The cost is between $100 to $200 for EACH child.

That is a disgrace.

North Carolina's government has completely abandoned it's people, from school supplies to clear water and clean air. Teachers are abandoned and spend their SALARY to adequately prepare their students for learning.

...Some Show Up Without

But not all families can easily cover the expense, expected or not.
While measures like the state sales tax holiday are meant to help families balance the cost of school supplies, teachers often see students without required supplies, year after year.
“Some of our homeless students are students who are really in the lower socioeconomic demographic,” says Lisa Brewster-Cook, an English teacher at Somerville High School. “They certainly are not going to raise their hand and say ‘I can’t afford that’ or ‘I don’t have that’ or ‘I can’t do that.’ ”
To help, Brewster-Cook does her best to collect extra school supplies and have them available for any student that wants them.
“Then there’s no stigma attached to it, no reason that you have to give a reason for doing it,” said Brewster-Cook. “It’s just, ‘Come and get it.’ ”
But costs can add up for teachers, as well. With many public schools facing funding challenges, teachers increasingly cover costs their students may not be able to afford.
While the IRS says educators can deduct up to $250 for unreimbursed expenses classroom material, often it’s not enough.
According to a 2015 survey, American teachers shell out an average of almost $500 each year to pay for items that often include pens, pencils, printer ink, computer paper and other basic classroom supplies....