Wisconsin teachers turn to Amazon and Facebook for community help to fill their classrooms

Amid rising inflation and pay rises that don’t keep up with the rapidly rising cost of living, teachers are hoping #ClearTheList will prepare them for a new school year.

Hi there! I’m a music teacher at a small suburban school in Muskego, WI.”

Good morning! I am a second grade teacher in Green Bay.”

Posts are everywhere. Just days before the start of a new school year, Facebook is swarming with requests from teachers across the state and country.

I am one of the 4K teachers in the district. We are moving to a full day program this year.”

I am starting at a new school and hoping for a fresh start in my career.”

It’s unclear who posted first, but the #ClearTheList campaign was reportedly started by a first-grade teacher in Texas in 2019. Struggling to afford new school supplies, she posted her Amazon Wish List on social media. social groups, and soon other educators began to do the same. Soon, a viral trend was born: parents, school leaders and even celebrities bought markers, shirts and more to help millions of teachers across the country stock their classrooms.

According to the nonprofit organization AdoptAClassroom.org, teachers pay for much of their own supplies out of pocket, spending an average of $750 in the 2020-2021 school year.

Every little gesture counts!

Thank you for your generosity!

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-grade teacher or a veteran,” reads the post on the AdoptAClassroom.org website. “There is a need for supplies every year. You name it, we need it.

how to help

  • Search #ClearTheList, #ClearTheList2022 or #ClearTheListWisconsin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find teachers in need in your community. Altoona educators in Whitewater are asking for help!
  • Post in local Facebook groups to ask if anyone has a list to share. Some teachers are hesitant to post, but are happy (and relieved) to share their link when asked.

How to get help

  1. Go to amazon.com/wishlist.
  2. Click on “Create a list”.
  3. Click “More” (top right) and select “Manage List”.
  4. Mark the listing as “Public” and add your shipping information.
  5. Search for products on Amazon and click “Add to List”.

Many Wisconsin teachers share their lists on their own Facebook pages, local community pages, or groups like Nextdoor, but they can also share them on the website of Get Your Teach On, a company that specializes in professional teacher training.

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