Adopt a classroom

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SOUTHMAYD, Tex. -- A teacher's classroom is often his or her second home. Many of them collect priceless items over the years. For some teachers in Southmayd, those items were destroyed in a matter of minutes last year.

Teachers say they are happy to pay for extra supplies out of their pockets, but they hope the money is stretched a little farther when community members adopt their classrooms.

It was an unforgettable sight. The wind ripped the roof off S&S Elementary in a storm last May.

"It was devastating. It was literally on top of the desks, everything that was out was ruined by water," says Linda Mitchusson a second grade teacher at S&S for the last 23 years.

This year she had to start rebuilding her classroom from scratch. Even before the storm, Mitchusson estimates she spends hundreds of dollars out of her own pocket each year.

"This week we're reading Blueberries for Sal so we're having blueberry muffins. Last week, we read Thundercakes so we have chocolate thundercakes."

The roof is repaired at S&S, but teachers are rebuilding their classroom materials inside. School officials say this rural district does not have the tax base from large businesses that other districts do. That's where the Adopt-a-Classroom program comes in.

"This is their way of being a direct help in a classroom and being an adopter if they don't have the time to spend in the school that way, they can help in other ways," says Terry Martin, school principal.

"I think we deserve the same educational opportunities as larger districts," says Lane Lancaster, a fifth grade student.

Lancaster says the science lab could use new beakers, and more up-to-date equipment.

Teachers get 100 percent of the money from this national program. Donors can see how their contributions are put to use.

"When you're doing a budget those kinds of intangibles don't really fit into a budget you're presenting in September," Mitchusson says.

Several other area schools participate in the program, including Sherman, Denison, and Durant.

School officials say the easiest way is to contact the school to help.

Click the link below to visit the adopt a classroom website.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Apr 24, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    Republican, read the article again. It talked about giving parents and businesses a chance to help the teachers purchase "extra" supplies not saying that they were in dire need. Every dedicated teacher, in school districts throughout the nation, will purchase items out of their pockets because they want to and love what they do, not because they are forced to...
  • by sherman Location: sherman on Apr 17, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    I agree about the administration getting their checks while student do without. I also know how it feels to pay for the kids lunches and to take shoes, clothes, and supplies. My daughter is a teacher and I know she does the same. I ask her the beginnng of school who needs something because I don't want them with out and neither does she. It is sad the teachers don't make enough as it is and then to have to pay out of pocket for supplies. Shame on you.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:15 PM
    Shows the school mismanages its funding. But I bet the "big shots" in the administration make sure they get their checks while students have to do without.
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Apr 16, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    As a teacher myself I know how hard it is to make ends meet. People don't realize we pay for student lunches when the parents can't or won't pay. We buy them clothes and shoes when they need them. We don't have to do these things but we do them because we love the children we teach and by spending every day with them they become OUR children. It would be FANTASTIC for every school to have a business or industry to adopt them. What a better way to show children they are and will always be our number one priority!!!
  • by Sherman Location: Sherman on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    What about the school using some of the money to buy beakers and new equipment and classroom supplies instead spending all on new track and football field. I understand the high school needs but sounds like the elementary needs things too. Come on now!!!
  • by Sherman Location: Sherman on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    Good Luck getting help from Sherman,Whitesboro,Denison or anyother town to help Southmayd. I've been there when we have ask for donationa to help and it is sad because they alway say we already gave to Sherman or some other schools. I feel really bad for Southmayd and Sadler. S&S schools are just as good any others and maybe even better but people don't see it that way.
  • by love2teach Location: sherman on Apr 16, 2008 at 04:38 AM
    If you are a business owner or have pull in a large company, PLEASE consider doing this! Even in a there are teachers who need several items. The district does some, but there is so much more that could be used - especially for science and math. I know Fisher does a lot to help out the Sherman schools. It would be so wonderful if some of the other local companies (Cigna, TI, MEMC, etc) would do the same. Parents can be a huge help as well, but when you are in a school full of disadvantaged students, the parent help just isn't there.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    that's my son's teacher!!
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