*EDIT* Update! Alyssa’s entire list was purchased within 24 hours. BECAUSE THE WORLD IS FULL OF GENEROUS, KIND, WONDERFUL PEOPLE LOOKING FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO HELP!!!! I cried happy tears, Alyssa cried happy tears. Most importantly, her students will have what they need, thanks to all of the amazing people who helped out. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Hi friends! I’m here today with a personal favor to ask, but before I get into it…. you see those smiling faces?! That’s my brother Evan, his girlfriend Alyssa and our baby boy of course! Evan and Alyssa have been with us visiting from the east coast for the past week and we’ve been soaking up every bit of fun family time with them and tourist-ing like our lives depend on it. It’s been pure wonderful!
Alyssa just graduated with her Masters in Special Education and is about to start her first year of teaching – FIRST GRADERS! I couldn’t be more excited for her, or more grateful to her and the thousands of other teachers around the country who work tirelessly (and often thanklessly) to educate our children. Alyssa will be teaching in a school where she will likely have some students who have been in the foster care system, who eat their only meals at school, who are suffering from trauma/neglect/abuse/poverty. As she was describing the challenges she knows are ahead (the tears she will shed, knowing that she will give all that she has and will still feel like it will never be enough, having to use her own salary to buy school supplies and stock her classroom) I knew that I had to find a way to help.
Alyssa is going into a classroom that has almost nothing- no pencil sharpener, no chalk, no library of age appropriate books. She will need to supply everything (not easy when you have student loans and a salary that doesn’t reflect your value nor the years of education you’ve received). She has a heart of gold and will give everything she has to her classroom, and the beautiful children in it. I asked her to prepare an Amazon wishlist of items that she needs for her students and her classroom. I’m asking that if you are able and are so inclined you will contribute a little something to help get her going, share with others you think may want to help, or leave a little note of support for her below. Here is the link : Alyssa’s Classroom Wishlist.
Every book, every pencil, every single bit of love would mean the world to her and those kids. And to me, to be honest. Few things get me more emotional than the reminder that there is so much good in the world, that the true nature of humanity is actually generosity and kindness in spite of what the media may lead us to believe.
I’ve always felt that we need to support our teachers and our schools so much more and I am not sure how to do it. So in addition to helping Alyssa, if you know of a teacher with a wishlist, please feel free to share in the comments! And if you know a reliable charity that is helping get supplies to teachers I would love to know about them! Alyssa is not alone is her challenge, sadly. I will continue my efforts to help her and any others I can, so please feel free to email me if you have any other ideas of how I may be of service. With love, Sarah