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One of my schools is good about letting me purchase and then reimbursing me.
And there's a rumor that at my new school the PTA gives each teacher a
"Christmas gift" of funds for school supplies. Since my art budget is only
about $1 per student per year and there's no way that I can run the type of
art program I want to on that, I supplement with lots of freebies from the
community and stuff I purchase and donate. Since I don't tithe to a church,
I justify this extravagance by saying it is my way of giving back to God. I
also have recently discovered grant writing, and while a lot of work, can be a
terrific source of funding. But there's got to be a way to be able to take
advantage of bargains at Hobby Lobby, WalMart, Target, etc. Sometimes you can
get great materials dirt cheap! But the art teacher shouldn't have to always
donate that stuff!
How do the rest of you out there handle this problem?