Cameron Orr starts his first year of teaching August 17th at Lake City High School.
A few weeks ago he wasn’t sure how he’d pay for all of the supplies he needs.
“I saw how necessary supplies were and as a teacher I know supplies are very necessary than a classroom,” says Orr.
He decided to turn to the website GoFundMe.com. He set up an account
with a goal to raise $1000 and reached that goal in just nine days.
“It’s just incredible at the amount of supplies I’m able to get my
students, with that amount of money is life changing for some of the
students and also for the curriculum in having my classroom,” mentioned
Lake City High School Principal Ned Blake says funding sources like
GoFundMe are great to use to ensure classrooms have what they need for
the school year.
“It helps supplement student support areas. Also, it gives teachers
the opportunity to have means of having extras and having extras in the
classroom is always essential for teachers, cause we can never have too
much,” explained Blake.
Until there is more school funding, teachers say they’re just
thankful for friends and strangers who are willing to help the cause.
“When it comes to supplies in school districts, everyone is always
hunting for supplies and I’m very grateful to have that money to use for
my students in order to better their education,” Orr said.
“And just having a first year teacher to follow through with being
committed, being able to invigorate student lives is so important,”
And if you ask for help, he says you’ll get it.
“If another teacher says hey I could really use this, I could really use that, of course I am willing to help out,” said Orr.