Loudoun Community Buys Teacher Supplies – NBC4 Washington
A new Facebook group allows Loudoun County residents to cover the cost of extra school supplies that educators would otherwise have to buy themselves, according to the group’s founder.
The group is called “Loudoun County, VA; Adopt a Teacher” and allows teachers to post wishlists for their classrooms. Group members can then “adopt” teachers and purchase the supplies they want.
Teaching Assistant Sadia Kullane is excited to show her students the brand new items on her wish list for her class at Broad Run High School.
Kullane is one of hundreds of Loudoun County educators whose wish list of special supplies is highlighted in the new Facebook group. Several teachers are randomly selected each day to be in the group.
The group was started by teacher Jen Hitchcock to help educators offset the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars spent on extra items for their classrooms.
“I started with the idea of teachers creating an Amazon wishlist,” Hitchcock said. “You put the list together with a little blurb about who you are, where you teach, and what you teach, and the link goes straight to their wishlist.”
According to its Facebook homepage, the group has 1,200 registered teachers and 5,000 members. Group members include individuals and businesses that help cross items off wish lists.
In addition to her role as a teaching assistant for students with autism, Kullane leads a Special Olympics team. She said wishlist items like gift cards can help her buy uniforms.
“They can’t wait for the school year to start and to share with everyone, all the students, to see what we have,” Kullane said.
Hitchcock said the kind of praise and encouragement the group generates is just what teachers need after two very difficult years.
“Teachers are starting to feel excited about getting back into the thick of it. They feel supported by their community at a time when many of them did not,” Hitchcock said.
Many grateful teachers have posted thank you messages in response to completing their wishlists. A teacher posted to the group: “Thank you…I am literally crying. It’s so nice to start the school year with support.
Hitchcock said other school districts are already setting up their own groups, and she hopes the support and supplies from the group will help sustain those teachers through the school year.