Teachers Change Lives

Education Matters to Us All – How You Can Help

April 29, 2014

When I volunteer in and then taught school before Bella was born, I remember being pretty shocked at the amount of unpaid time it took for teachers to prepare for the weeks ahead and work with students. Even volunteering at public schools in California, I saw the amount of work and time each teacher put into running a smooth classroom, helping the kids, organizing things, and talking with parents.

I know firsthand that teachers spend an extraordinary amount of their own money (hundreds of dollars) at the start and during the school year to fill in gaps that the system isn’t able to provide to them.

No matter the grade level, each teacher truly went above and beyond to ensure her students del valued and listened to. I was privileged to watch these men and women at work, because it impacted how I taught my classroom and now my daughter. Even as a homeschooling parent, public education is important to me because one day, my child will be a part of all of her peers lives in some shape. Each child deserves the best education and start in life that they can get.

Below is the story of Mary, a special talents teacher in Pagosa, Colorado. She helps her students to feel safe, and at the same time push their own boundaries. Mary brings her passion for the outdoors into the classroom by taking students kayaking, skiing, and horseback riding. Mary helps her students overcome what they think they can’t do, and shows them all the things they can do.

How can you help our students, teachers, and schools? Below are two ways that Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors with teachers to enhance the learning environment for students.

How to Register Your Classroom if you are a Teacher:

  • Go to Teachers Change Lives website
  • Click on the red box that says “Register Your Classroom,” which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  • Follow the corresponding steps from there

How to Donate to a Teacher:

You can donate to the teacher highlighted in the video, or a teacher in your local community.

Remember that helping our community, our neighboring children, our schools – helps us all in the future.


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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