Thursday, January 8, 2009

School Supplies

Each September, I would send home with my students a list of needed school supplies.  In my later years, I began to ask for a donation of facial tissue (Kleenex).  Most parents were happy to help out.  God knows, I spent far too much of my own meager earnings to provide for my students.

The Detroit News is reporting about a Detroit Public School's request for supplies that should be provided by the school district.

This week, administrators at the Academy of the Americas sent a
letter home with students asking parents and others to donate items
"that are of the utmost importance for proper school functioning and
most importantly for student health and safety" -- including light
bulbs, trash bags, paper towel rolls and toilet paper. Students said
the items were expected to be accepted at the front office starting

The district's "budgetary constraints" meant officials
no longer were able to supply the necessities, Principal Naomi Khalil
said in the letter to parents.

"We realize that the economic situation is stressful for our entire
community, but we are asking for your collaboration. ... We thank you
for your cooperation and we hope that as a school community we can pull
together to guarantee the best possible educational environment for our


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