Teachers dip into personal funds for supplies


Ben Prengler

While schools discourage teachers to spend personal money, many feel obligated to go above and beyond in order to enhance students educational experience.

Izzy Valenzuela, Staff Reporter

While students school supplies are expensive, teachers often spend just as much if not more. Even with the help of fundraisers and a budget, teachers are constantly spending their own money on everyday items.

The average teacher on campus spends a minimum of $100 per year on supplies. Most teachers feel that the process to get little items is unpleasant and time consuming, which leads them to go and spend their own money because it is much simpler.

Although many teachers don’t think twice about swiping their card at the register, it’s not a practice the school encourages.

“Lovejoy discourages us to use our own money,” teacher Julie Johnston said. “If we need something, they tell us to ask and they will find the money.”

In 2002, congress passed a measure that all teachers get a $250 Federal tax deduction, but this expired in 2013.

One way the school encourages teachers to ask for money is the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, an organization that provides financial grants to teachers.

Raising money throughout the year, the Foundation is a worthy cause for many parents.

“This year I sponsored the band at Denim and Diamonds and the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools said the proceeds from my donation would help fund the 2014-2015 school year,“ a former Lovejoy parent and a platinum sponsor Bobbi Gilbert said.

Last year the Denim and Diamonds fundraiser raised more than $270,000 for Lovejoy ISD. The money goes directly to the teachers, but it’s not for staples or folders.

“Denim and Diamonds have a committee who decides which teachers or departments’ proposals get accepted,” Breeden said. “This specific foundation is generally for larger grants rather than small supplies.”