Starting the school year is a costly investment for many teachers

The National School Supply and Equipment Association estimates that teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money for their classrooms

Julie Webb, a language arts teacher at Canfield Village Middle School, says it can be costly getting her classroom ready for back-to-school.


CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Kids will be back in school in just a few weeks and teachers are getting their classrooms ready for the upcoming year. For many teachers, back-to-school is an expensive time of year.

Parents know it’s expensive to get their kids ready for the school year, but lots of teachers are spending their own money on supplies.

Julie Webb, a language arts teacher at Canfield Village Middle School, has a lot to do to get her classroom ready for the start of school.

“August 1st is just go time, you need to get started,” she said.

Webb likes to personalize her classroom to make students feel welcome, but a lot of that personalization comes out of her own pocket.

“You don’t think about how much it’s going to cost. You think about how it’s going to look, and be inviting for the kids.”

The National School Supply and Equipment Association estimates that teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money for their classrooms.

Webb buys extra supplies in case a student leaves something at home or doesn’t have what they need.

“A lot of that is just peace of mind. Peace of mind for me, peace of mind that the lesson is going to go smoothly and it’s peace of mind for the students, too.”

Teachers and parents got a discount on school supplies under $20 during tax-free weekend. Webb says even saving a few bucks helps.

“Notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, composition books, those are the top things.”

For Webb, she’s not adding up the cost in her head while she is shopping. She says it’s an investment she’s willing to make for her students to help them have a successful year.

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