When my friend took a job as an educational coordinator at a museum she did not realize how much work it would be. She also did not realize how minimal the amount of resources are available to government sponsored cultural institutions especially in these economically strapped times. Basic educational school supplies like paper, crayons, glue, scissors and more were all in frighteningly short supply.
The furniture in her office was completely shot, rotting wood, squeaky chairs, it was sad and disgusting. How was someone supposed to teach anyone anything under these conditions?! Well luckily my friend knew how to hunt for a bargain. She found a good cheap source of arts and craft supplies and affordable office furniture. These kids were going to get something out of this place if she had to spend her whole paycheck.
Many teachers and educators in various capacities have discovered an incredibly low budget when they arrive hoping to sculpt young minds. They enter into classrooms that are poorly maintained and stocked sparingly at best with educational school supplies. It is not their fault but they are left picking up the pieces of debris and trying to finagle an education out of it. It is noble work to say the least and the fact that many are shelling out their own money from already less than stellar paychecks is even more heart breaking. Teachers, good teachers anyway, are willing to work incredibly hard just to give a few kids a leg up. They are there to challenge kids the system might otherwise forget and try and build high quality young citizens.
Things are even worse for folks like my friend. These educators are trying to offer the extras that can take a good kid and turn he or she into a well rounded great kid with a diversity of experience and real sense of how to understand things. It is these exceptional young people that are reared on educational programs in parks and museums, public pools and local gyms. Some arts and craft supplies can really open up the education system in these situations, luckily these educators are willing to make the sacrifice required to acquire these supplies.
Discount office supply websites and places where an educator can get affordable office furniture are becoming more and more essential as the government attempts to cut financial corners wherever they can. Education it seems is always the first place to suffer. It is a potential catastrophe that luckily some fine people are trying to fight against. Here's hoping they win.