Many teachers are starting their own fundraisers so kids can have the supplies they need.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Many teachers are starting their own fundraisers so kids can have the supplies they need.
Kindergarten teacher Molly Bohman has 17 students and wanted some new reading technology in the classroom to help her kids learn to read.
She couldn't afford the items, which cost more than $2,000 so she turned to DonorsChoose.org for help.
"If you ask for it, someone somewhere is able to find it or find something close enough," she says.
Over a few months, people in the community - Bohman's own family and friends and even total strangers - donated all the money to make her dream a reality.
More and more teachers are turning to the internet to raise money for supplies.
Richmond School Board's Vice Chair Kristen Larson says if there is ever a surplus in the school system's budget, it would be good if some of that money could go to teachers like Bohman.
"I think teachers and educators altogether are just amazing special people," she says. "They are always dipping into their own pockets. They are always trying to advocate for their children so any way that we can try to support them and give them the financial and emotional support. It's really empowering to give teachers some autonomy."
The supplies for Bohman's class should arrive any day now and that will double the number of kids learning to read at once.
"My hope is that it will help them build a strong foundation for reading, because you use reading for everything every day for the rest of your life."