“We had no idea what this place would be like when we came,” she said, “and we were just overwhelmed.”
McGlamery came to the Teacher Store with two co-workers — reading specialist Lauren Fulford and fellow first-grade teacher Tina Rupe. They all teach at Barnes Elementary, 10551 SE 59.
Rupe picked up all kinds of random things she needed, like pink highlighters, modeling clay and a class set of workbooks. Some of her things will stay in her classroom, but other items will go directly to students, many of whom won't have enough supplies to start the year.
“They feel such pride in their stuff,” she said. “They really take care of it.”
The weakened economy and shrinking public funds have put a pinch on families and teachers, Fulford said.
“Budgets are just really tight,” Fulford said. “We are definitely starting (the school year) with what we can purchase.”
Fulford said she was grateful to take books she could give to students.
“The kids are just thrilled to get a brand new book of their own,” she said.
Free books are available to teachers throughout the state — not just within the metro area, Carlstrom said.