Teaching is a tough job. If you have school-age children, you probably imagine. It’s easy to admire the men and women who educate and inspire our children, but there are some parts of teaching you just can’t fully understand unless you are a teacher. Like:
- How much they enjoy teaching your kids and would do almost anything for them
- Just how hard they work during and after school hours
- How important it is to create a safe environment for their students
- The amount of their own salary they spend on resources and equipment
That last one, about how much they spend, is something California Casualty has been trying to help with for years. We have grants available for educators to help fund classroom projects, materials, and supplies. But, what do teachers really want and need for their classrooms?
Education Week asked their readers what they would want most for their classrooms if the money were no obstacle. Their responses included books, including bilingual reading materials, comfortable couches or bean bags for relaxing reading areas, flexible seating, improved technology, more personal computers and tablets, and new instruments for band and music.
WeAreTeachers joined the effort with their readers. Their list, from A to Z included:
- Art supplies
- Various paper
- Pencils and pens
- Glue and glue sticks
- Storage containers
California Casualty recognizes these needs and have created Community Impact Programs for educators to help fund many of those items. Recipients have thanked us for allowing them to purchase markers, books and reading spaces, electronic whiteboards, and for making it possible to take students to historical field trips to bring lessons to reality.
“I teach because I want to make a difference in each child’s life. I can now things that I couldn’t before,” said Central California special day class teacher, Elizabeth T., about the $2,500 Academic Award she received in 2014.
Edward N., a science teacher in Southern California, was thrilled that the Academic Award would allow him to purchase essential chemistry and forensic equipment for his students. “This will help ensure that our students have the supplies and materials they need to succeed,” he said.
California Casualty has a passion for helping educators and students. That’s why we give back in meaningful ways, ways that impact classrooms and students. If you have a need, take advantage of these giving programs:
- $2,500 Academic Award
- $250 Music and Arts Grants
- $200 Help Your Classroom Grants
- Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants (returning August 2000)
And, educators who take a pledge to “Keep on Course” and avoid distracted driving can enter to win a new Jeep® Compass from California Casualty. Learn more here.
Thank you to all the educators who give so much, care so dearly, and make a difference every day for our children and our communities.
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