Cedar Rapids Teachers Prepare for Students Return
By Heather Hubbs, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Summer vacation ends today for students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Today might be the first day for students, that isn't the case for teachers - who have been preparing for weeks.
Many teachers spend the summer taking classes to keep up on their certifications. And though they aren't required to report to work until the week before students return, many are in their classrooms starting in July.
Just like the students, teachers have their back-to-school shopping lists, which they pay for out of their own pockets. Teachers KCRG spoke with spend anywhere from $100-$600 throughout the school year on materials for their students.
"Some things will wear out so every year I'll go out and buy new folders for kids to take home new supplies for them to carry books to the library or their lunchboxes down," said Nicholas Lang, 4th Grade Teacher at Coolidge Elementary.
Teachers at Coolidge are able to get some things from the school without digging into their own pockets. In many buildings the parent teacher groups raise funds to help purchase items for the classroom.
But if teachers want or need anything extra whether it's the basics like crayons or materials for a special craft project they have to pay for it themselves.
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