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Local teachers create Amazon wish lists for back-to-school supplies

Teachers across the country create a wish list
Posted at 10:38 PM, Jul 29, 2019

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Teachers across the country created Amazon wish lists to get back-to-school supplies for their classrooms.

A Facebook group, Support a Teacher-Teacher Gifting, has more than 33,000 members. Teachers from across the country have joined the page.

"It was actually sent to me through another teacher friend from another state that said you should join the group," said Nicole Alderman, who teaches in Pinellas County.

Nicole Alderman teaches at Sutherland Elementary School in Pinellas County. She has taught for nearly a decade.

She created an Amazon with list online asking for books and flexible furniture.

"So you make a wish list on Amazon and post the link. You would be shocked. People randomly send you a gift and don’t even sign their name," said Alderman.

Courtney Jones, a teacher in Texas, started the Facebook page this summer. She has taught since 2017.

"I started the movement to give teachers a place to come together to support each other in areas that aren't often supported. We are able to give gifts to each other with special notes that tell us why we're appreciated," said Jones in an email to ABC Action News.

Alderman said her school district gives teachers money for school supplies, but she will also buy supplies using her own money.

"Just to see that spark and amazement and wonder in kids every single day. I try to make kids love learning," said Alderman.

Adrian Mittermayr, a teacher in Pinellas County at Morning Star School, also created a wish list. She is asking for flexible seating and books.

"This is a great way to give something as simple as a pack of pencils, erasers or some notebooks or books for the classroom," said Alderman.

School starts in Pinellas County on August 14.

Below is a link to a teacher's wish list: