A new hashtag is making its rounds on social media, particularly on Twitter and Facebook. It’s called the Clear the Lists Movement, tagged on social media as #clearthelists, and its goal is something too good to pass up.
#Clearthelists aims to do exactly as it says: clear the back-to-school supplies lists for hundreds and thousands of school teachers across the country as they head back into the classrooms this fall. Education funding is limited, and although some schools are able to afford basic items like pens, pencils or chalk, most of the items come directly from teachers’ pockets.
And teachers are not wealthy people, either. Many teachers, especially those who are first starting out, struggle with basic living expenses. It’s often an enormous burden that teachers have to shoulder financially—but they do it because they have to. It’s about the kids.
Luckily, there’s #Clearthelists. Over on Twitter, teachers are posting their Amazon wishlists in the hope that others who want to help will buy school supplies for them. Many of these wishlists bear similar items—pens, pencils, paper, crayons, rules, often in bulk—but many also feature specialized (and expensive!) items like paint and easels for art teachers or music stands for music teachers.
Fit and Fun Playscapes is doing our part here. We’ve been able to put together $1,000 that we’ll be donating to clear teachers’ lists, but we could use your help, too.
Although the best way to ensure items reach specific teachers is to navigate to their Amazon wishlist and buy items for them, there is also a dedicated giving page over at Donors Choose. There, you can find a large assortment of projects and items that you can donate to.
Anything helps. Do your part, if you can. After all, teachers are quite literally shaping our future.