Teachers or students? These sound like student council activities that should have their own budget. Why not approach your budget person about getting reimbursed? That way you can continue to be welcoming to kids while maybe raising a bit of consciousness if there are adults who aren't planning ahead to order their own supplies.
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>Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 00:32:46 -0700
>From: "Chantal Pinnow" <email@example.com>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] borrowing supplies
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I am sure this topic has probably been covered before, but I was wondering
>if anyone has a good way to deal with people that want to "borrow" art
>supplies (teachers, clubs, student council, cheerleaders etc.)?
>I should just say no to everybody, but I am such a sucker. A few pieces of
>paper or a little paint here and there add up when everyone asks for them. I
>have thought about pricing things and charging for them. Some things would
>be easy to charge for (paper), but a lot of people want to use paint. If I
>let them use some, how do you charge for that? The other thing is brushes or
>non-consumable items. If a teacher needs a bunch of scissors or colored
>pencils just for one class day, I can see why they would want to borrow them
>and not buy them. Am I being a jerk if I say no?
>I thought about charging a rental fee. I feel like such a pinch-penny. I
>definitely have a large budget compared to the rest of the teachers and
>so-far, the amount being borrowed isn't going to break me. It is just the
>principle of the thing. That money is for art class and it is not being used
>for art class.
>I halfway thought about telling the teachers that borrow stuff that they had
>to give me all their whiteboard markers as payment. Maybe then they would
>realize it comes out of my budget since that comes out of their budget.-ha
>Sorry, for the rant. It is pep-rally day, and I have been hit up for
>supplies one too many times today.
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