Sounds like the supplies are being used for worthwhile causes. Consider that
this is a small payment for building goodwill. Unless, people get carried
away, by asking too much and too frequently, I would gladly welcome their use.
It does sound like students are using the supplies and then they are getting to
use the materials. Granted it may not be for activities that are part of the
structured art curriculum, but they are getting to use the supplies.
Perhaps you could gently let them know that you might need their help with
something in the future. I would not charge for them, but ask for reciprocal
favors, as well. Perhaps the cheerleaders, student council, other teachers,
would be willing to help with hanging of a show or help with end of the year
clean-up. When they borrow supplies and equipment, tell them you would really
appreciate their help with these things. Also, I recommend that you be allowed
to put up a sign saying that the supplies were donated by the art
department...at their event. :-)
Just a thought.
Quoting Chantal Pinnow <email@example.com>:
> 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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