The Shocking Amount America’s Teachers Spend on School Supplies (Infographic)

Due to budget cuts, public school teachers are dishing out their own money for much-needed books, pencils, art supplies, and more.
Sep 12, 2012
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

The Shocking Amount America’s Teachers Spend on School Supplies: A TakePart Infographic

Three billion dollars.

That’s the amount American teachers spend out of their own pockets to purchase school supplies for their students each year. With severe budget cuts, many schools can’t provide the key supplies and resources that ensure students receive the best possible education, so teachers are picking up the slack.

Fortunately, there’s a really simple way you can give these dedicated teachers a hand. 

Throughout the month of September, TakePart is partnering with for our Great Back-to-School Challenge. Every day we’ll be shining a light on a different classroom in need—and their excellent teachers.

Whether it’s funding for books, musical instruments, or art supplies, what all of these great projects have in common is that a little money will go a long way to help educate hundreds of students across America.

Check out the infographic to learn more and donate to your favorite classroom project. Here is one of the amazing teachers that needs your support!


Jenny is the Education Editor at TakePart. She has been writing for TakePart since 2009 and previously worked in film and television development. She has taught English in Vietnam and tutors homeless children in Los Angeles. Email Jenny | @jennyinglee |

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