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Teacher Needs & Creative Ways to Help

Straight from the Teacher’s Mouth | A Teacher’s Wish List

By: Elizabeth Jones of Teacher’s Market

Teacher needs can seem overwhelming, in terms of both time and money, and seem to stand out in light of budget cuts in education and increasing financial concerns of many families.  So, the million-dollar question is, “what can parents do to help out teachers without having to reach into their own wallets?” Here are just a few ways parents can help out teachers:

  • Box Tops: Box Tops can be found on many products that families already purchase. Schools can purchase a variety of supplies using the Box Tops they have collected. Click to learn more about Box Tops.
  • Elmer’s Glue Crew: Did you know that when teachers recycle Elmer’s school glues and glue sticks they can earn money for their classrooms? Help out the teacher by creating a recycle box to collect empty Elmer’s school glues and glue sticks. Once the box at least 250 bottles/sticks you can mail them to Terracycle (Elmer’s will donate $.02 cents for every gluestick and school glue you recycle through Terracycle to your classroom!) A teacher will also be entered to win $1000 cash and more for the lucky grand prize winner. Learn more about the Elmer’s Glue Crew.
  • Staples Ink Recycling Rewards: Help a teacher out by setting up a “tub-o-ink” in his/her classroom. Use an empty coffee-type canister to collect used up ink cartridges. A teacher can earn $2 back for each cartridge or $20 a month (you can recycle up to 10 per month).   Learn more about their Staples Rewards Program and thanks to Teach to Yearn for this awesome idea.

Teachers need your time as well. Here are ways parent volunteers can help out teachers in the classroom:

  • Read and work with the children
  • Be a chaperone for school/class field trips
  • Use your skills & talents to share with the class/teach a lesson
  • If you can’t help in the classroom, volunteer to do any prep work from your home

Be creative and do what you can -teachers love all help they can get!


Elizabeth Jones is a mom of 3 small children with her oldest just starting kindergarten this year.  She currently writes a blog/facebook page for teachers called Teacher’s Market.  She has a degree in Elementary Education and has worked as a first grade teacher’s aide and an afterschool tutor.  She is honored to help out in schools and loves volunteering once a week in her son’s kindergarten class.  To top it off, she just joined the P.T.A. this year!

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