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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Teachers Change Lives

You hear all the time that teachers can change lives. Can you remember an influential teacher in your life? Someone who made you think about things in a different way. Maybe someone who believed in you when you didn't believe in yourself. Or gave you an idea of a different direction in life? Are your kids' teachers influential in how they think? Do they get excited when telling you about something they learned in school?

I was blown away hearing about teachers identified by Office Depot's Teachers Change Lives program. Teachers who who really step outside the boundaries, especially with kids who are less privileged. Check out the video below of an Alabama teacher, Brian Copes, who encourages his students to develop prosthetic limbs for those who need them in Honduras. They make them out of bike and car parts, even though the teacher has no background in this.

You can see more videos of teachers doing innovative work here.

You might know teachers in your own school who spend their own money to provide necessary classroom supplies. Because of budget issues associated with Proposition 1 in California, parents are asked all through the year to bring in classroom supplies - even copy paper for the office. I've always been grateful that our school had enough parents who could donate supplies. What about schools who don't have enough? Should the teachers be digging into their own pockets for this?

Office Depot has an Adopt-a-Classroom project to connect donors and teachers, especially to help those in less fortunate areas. I encourage you to check it out.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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