GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV)- Parents have been busy back to school shopping the past few weeks, but they are not alone.
The National School Supply and Equipment Association estimates that the average teachers spends $485 a year on classroom supplies.
Their study seems to reflect the situation for teachers in North Carolina. Shannon Koehler teaches fourth grade at New Hope Elementary School in Gaston County. She said it’s easy to spend a lot of money at the beginning of the school year.
“I would say at the start of each year I’m spending probably between $250 and $350,” Koehler said.
New Hope Elementary School Principal Allen Lewis said teachers seem to be spending more and more each year. He told WBTV he thinks this trend is directly related to cuts in State funding.
“Over the past few years, we have been cut every year. Funds have been cut for supplies and they (teachers) have to do a lot of that on their own,” Lewis said. “Our teachers are incredible because they won’t let funding or anything like that get them down.”
Teachers are able to write-off a portion of their expenditures during tax season. Principal Lewis said teachers also get tremendous help from their parent-teacher organizations.
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