Help Me Support Our Teachers

As kids gear up to go back to school in a few weeks during the most intense time most of us have ever lived through, I wanted to find a way to support the teachers who are both risking their health and doing the invaluable work of educating our children during the COVID era.

I recently learned that many teachers not only have to buy most of their classroom supplies but also have to supply their own PPE. Those costs can add up in a big way which adds another layer of stress to an already very stressful time.

This community never ceases to amaze me with your generosity when it comes to important matters so today I’m asking for your help to support our teachers when they need it most.

150 teachers filled out a form I shared on Instagram with their Amazon classroom links and how we as a community can support them. I hid their personal info but shared the class wishlists and comments so that we can all support them together.

You can find all 150 responses here. I only included the comments that applied to the whole community as opposed to ideas that I can do (like hosting an IG live with teachers and administrators).

Because there were so many, I’m thinking that if you want to donate to a specific list, find someone in an area near you and start there. If their wishlist is already full, move on to the teacher below on the spreadsheet. If anyone has a better way to do this, please let me know!

On another note, if you’re a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist and you have any free time and want to donate 30-60 minutes of your time, fill out your info here and I’ll connect you with a teacher who needs some extra support. I can’t imagine the emotional rollercoasters they’re on right now and I know how powerful therapy can be.

Support our teachers and help fulfill their classroom wishlists. Thank you in advance from the teachers, their students, and me!

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  1. Stephanie said:

    Julia – I tried to purchase items for line 26 (teacher in Baltimore) and she did not associate an address with her list, so there is no where to send the items. Is it possible to ask her to add an address? Thank you!!!

    8.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Will do right now thank you for telling me!

      8.10.20 · Reply
  2. Jessica said:

    Hey Julia- Line 123 Masontown, PA is a link to open “My wishlist” not the one they intended to share.

    Thanks for doing this! As a friend of many teachers, they definitely need this extra love right now 🙂

    8.10.20 · Reply
  3. Jill said:

    Love this and your effort! Thank you for doing this! Our teachers need all of our support in the best of circumstances so now it’s even more urgent to help them.

    8.10.20 · Reply
  4. From a local high school teacher..thank you for the support and spreading the word on how to support us <3

    8.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      You’re so welcome and thank YOU for everything you do, more importantly!

      8.10.20 · Reply
  5. Sarah said:

    Thank you for doing this Julia and thank you to the Lemon Stripes community for the support!

    8.10.20 · Reply
  6. Amanda said:

    Thank you! This is amazing! I am a mom of two (ages 3.5 and 8 months) and am TERRIFIED to go back to work. Add on all the extra materials I will have to pay for myself to have enough for each child at school (because I don’t have time to clean materials in between kids), and the stress is literally making me sick. Thank you for seeing us educators!

    8.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I’m so sorry you have to go through this. We’re all so grateful for you and we’re rooting for you! Please let me know if there is anything else the LS community can do.

      8.10.20 · Reply
  7. Jess V. said:

    Thank you for providing this list! Teachers now more than ever need support and it’s so wonderful we can turn to your platform to help others.

    8.10.20 · Reply
  8. Katherine said:

    Hi Julia, thanks so much for using your platform to support teachers! I tried to purchase items for the teacher in Sonoma, CA (line 100), but she didn’t include an address. Would it be possible to either get an address from her added to her list or send me her email so I can coordinate with her directly? Hate to put more work on your plate, but I couldn’t find a way to do it myself. Also just love that through this list I found a fellow reader who is also a former East Coaster and now teaches in my town – such a small world!

    8.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Emailing you directly now!

      8.10.20 · Reply
  9. Rachel said:

    Line 19 (Philadelphia) – the wish list link isn’t working!

    8.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Putting you in touch with her via email now!

      8.10.20 · Reply
  10. Adrienne said:

    Hi! Trying to purchase items from the teacher in Lawrence, MA. There doesn’t seem to be an address to ship the items to. Can you please update? Thanks!

    8.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I will put you in touch with her via email now!

      8.11.20 · Reply
  11. Kelcy said:

    Thank you so much for putting this together! Very glad to have a way to support these teachers.

    8.11.20 · Reply
  12. Paige said:

    Also many PTO/PTA Home and School associations based at the teachers own local school are doing this type of help. Reaching out to a local school can make it easier to accomplish this goal to help. Contact the school and ask for the email contact for their PTA volunteer organization. Parents have helped for years with supplies and $$$. PPE is a new necessary need. Yes, every school and area is different in terms of support.

    8.11.20 · Reply
  13. Simone said:

    Hi Julia! I think this is a great idea and so happy that you are helping, but I noticed on your list that “specials” teachers, aka PE, Health, Art, Music are not on the list. My husband is a PE/Health teacher for K-6th grade and I know that he is facing an incredible uphill battle this year as his normal equipment that he uses is going to be off limits and he might not even be allowed to use his own classroom as they have to convert it to traditional classroom to allow for smaller traditional desk style rooms. Is there a way to help these teachers out? Would love to know!

    8.12.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Have him email me his Name, where he teaches, and his Amazon list. I’m going to reshare my list on Friday! julia@lemonstripes.com

      8.12.20 · Reply
  14. Meg said:

    Julia,

    Hate to tag on when you’ve done so much already, but can you also track down an address to ship items to for line 110, Lafayette, CO?

    Thanks for doing this!
    Meg

    8.12.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Done and done! putting you in touch with her now.

      8.12.20 · Reply
  15. Heather said:

    Julia, this is such a wonderful thing you have done for our educator community. Are you still taking wishlists from teachers? I don’t know how I missed your original post. THANK YOU!

    8.16.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Yes! Email me your name, where you teach, what grade you teach, and your wishlist: julia@lemonstripes.com

      8.17.20 · Reply
  16. Sally said:

    Hi Julia. Thanks for sharing my list (#41)! It might sound silly, but my eyes filled with tears when I saw that someone ordered us some applesauce and goldfish. I’m a special education teacher and spend a lot of time with my students discussing what it means to be kind. I’m looking forward to our future snack time conversations about all the kindness and thoughtfulness that the snacks represent.

    8.17.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      You’re making me cry! I love hearing this, thank you so much for sharing it.

      8.17.20 · Reply