As budget cuts continue to devastate public schools, many teachers have been forced to dig into their own pockets to pay for school supplies.
To help mitigate the drain on educators’ take-home pay, the San Francisco Education Fund, a local nonprofit, is collecting supplies and thank-you notes for teachers as part of its Thank a Teacher Today campaign.
San Franciscans can donate supplies at any Peet’s Coffee & Tea or Sports Basement location through the end of April. Among teachers’ most requested items are odorless dry-erase markers, copy paper, adhesive tape, glue sticks and No. 2 pencils.
The Education Fund is also accepting donations and notes thanking teachers at its website, http://thankateachertoday.org. The cash goes toward supplies and programs such as professional development for teachers and volunteers in classrooms.
The fund will deliver care packages to teachers lounges in every public school in The City during the week of May 7-11. Ten teachers will also be honored by Mayor Ed Lee at the Giants game May 16.