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    16 Classroom Supplies You Won't Believe Teachers Have To Pay For

    Each year, public school teachers spend upwards of $500 of their own wages on supplies for their classrooms.

    BuzzFeed asked teachers which supplies they spend the most on out of pocket. Here's what they had to say:

    1. Tissues. Gesundheit.

    2. Photocopies for worksheets, projects, and notices.

    3. Hand soap. Also hand sanitizer.

    4. Pencils. No. 2, and otherwise.

    5. Those Post-It easel board things.

    Easels, poster boards, and large sticky pads are great for brainstorming and tracking progress. News flash: Schools don't provide them.

    6. Erasers, because we learn from our mistakes.

    7. Glue. Glue Sticks. Paste. Anything glue-like.

    8. Lined paper. And notebooks.

    9. Snacks and prizes!

    10. Construction paper.

    11. Up-to-date maps and other visual aides.

    12. Markers, and art supplies in general.

    13. Chemical-free cleaning wipes.

    14. Books. Books. Multiples of books.

    15. Safety scissors.

    16. More tissues!


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