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The nonprofit Adopt a Classroom surveyed 5,400 teachers about the 2020–2021 school year and found that, on average, those teachers spent around $750 of their own money on school supplies. Think that's a lot? Well, 30% of teachers spent $1,000 or more!
So we wanted to find a way to give back to teachers since they have given so much to our communities. We reached out to teachers on BuzzFeed and asked them to share their Amazon Wish Lists so we can all support them and their classrooms as they head into another school year.
Amazon Wish Lists are relatively simple to shop from, especially if you're buying off of one Wish List at a time.
For buying off of one Wish List at a time: you simply click into the Wish List, then click to add to cart as many items as you'd like to purchase for that teacher, then head to check out. Amazon will ask you which address to ship to; just make sure to select the teacher's hidden gift address. Then you'll finish your checkout, where Amazon will charge your account for the gift.
For buying off of multiple Wish Lists at a time: As you're adding items to your cart from different teachers Wish Lists, keep track of which teacher requested each item. When you check out, Amazon will ask you which address to ship to; click "Ship to multiple addresses" near the top right. Then, use the drop down menus to assign the correct teacher's address to each item. From there you can finish checkout, and Amazon will charge your account for all of it.
Here are 25 teachers who need our help:
1. Lauren, a first grade teacher, hopes to get their students fun and educational books, snacks, fidget toys, and other classroom supplies to encourage and motivate them.
2. Brittany, a kindergarten teacher who's looking for creative games, sensory toys, and colorful flash cards to make some of their students' first exposure to school as positive as possible.
3. Angela, an elementary school teacher wanting to provide their students with guided reading highlighter strips, colored pencils, erasers, and other supplies.
4. Nicole, a high school science teacher who's looking for menstrual pads, posters, flash cards, timers, and buzzers to make science fun while ensuring that their students feel supported.
5. Melissa, a third grade teacher looking to provide their students with dry erase lap boards, educational posters, and the Stacey Abrams book Stacey’s Extraordinary Words to expand the learning tools they have access to.
6. Mariah, a kindergarten teacher, hoping for art supplies, fidget bracelets, and a variety of fun toys to make their classroom a safe and inspiring place.
7. Lacey, a 9th- and 10th-grade teacher, who lists pens, dry erase markers, tape, and other classroom supplies for their underserved students.
8. Darlene, a fifth-grade teacher, is asking for things like pencils, sharpeners, and erasers to help ensure that their students have access to basic classroom supplies.
9. Angela, a high school science teacher, hopes to get their students microscopes, cardstock paper, and a variety of books on subjects ranging from biology to forensics.
10. Savannah, a first grade teacher, added things like paint, birthday bracelets, and Sharpies to make their classroom a fun place to learn.
11. Tkaira, an elementary school teacher, is looking for scissors, answer buzzers, and a wireless presentation remote to bring into their new classroom.
12. Amy, a seventh-grade math teacher, hopes to get their students mini chalk boards, paint sets, and other supplies to help them learn math through fun activities and art projects.
13. Sindy, a K through second grade ESL teacher, hopes to get their students Pictionary cards, books, and crayons to help make learning fun.
14. Katie, a preschool teacher, wants to provide their students with fun puzzles, building block sensory toys, and educational games.
15. Christopher, a high school teacher, who's looking for things like notebooks, pens, and sticky notes for their students who often lack school supplies.
16. Laura, a third-grade teacher in a dual language classroom, added things like tissues, pencils, and a variety of inspiring books.
17. Amari, a kindergarten teacher, listed rolls of tape, fun classroom decor, and magnetic numbers to help them create a positive environment for their students.
18. Tricia, a high-school algebra teacher, listed fun and educational math posters and supplies for each student to make their own interactive notebook.
19. Paula, a fourth-grade math teacher, is asking for things like beanbag chairs and permanent markers as well as right- and left-handed scissors for their students.
20. Melissa, who teaches sixth grade ELA as well as a seventh and eighth grade intensive reading, hopes for motivational bookmarks, snacks, and pens.
21. Chantelle, a fifth-grade teacher, hopes to get their students notebooks, scissors, pencils, and other classroom supplies they may not have access to.
22. Kristin, a preschool teacher, is looking for cute picture books, visual timers, and a fun guessing game called What Rhymes With...?
23. Andrea, an eighth-grade ELA teacher, hopes for answer buzzers, a spinning prize wheel, and felt tip pens to make their classroom a place their students like to be.
24. Leslie, a first-grade teacher, listed word games, brain activities, and pencil grips for their students.
25. Annaly, a preschool teacher, is looking for dinosaur toys, a magnetic activity set, and handwriting sand trays to help their students learn through play.
They could all use our help. Happy shopping!
Responses have been edited for length and clarity.