Professional Educators

Priority Schools Campaign Helps Teachers Recover Classroom Expenses

The average teacher spends $356 a year out of his or her own pocket on classroom supplies. The items run the gamut from hands-on activities to improve learning to school supplies for students.

The spending can be particularly heavy for teachers at lower-income priority schools, where students often show up for school without the most basic supplies, such as pens and paper.

NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign is rewarding the generosity of teachers everywhere with a new contest designed to help five lucky teachers recover some of the money they spent this year on classroom supplies.

How can you participate? Just visit the Priority Schools Campaign Facebook page and post some of the things you purchased for your classroom this year. You can post a list or even a photo.

Then, from Monday, September 13, through Friday, September 17, each day at 5:00 p.m. EST the Priority Schools Campaign will randomly draw a winner for a $100 Staples gift card.

To participate in the contest now, just visit the Priority Schools Campaign Facebook page.

Participation is not required. To be eligible for the prize drawing without participating in the contest, e-mail

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