WOWT's Classroom Connection Giving Big Results

The school year has started, but not all teachers have the materials they were hoping for to have a good year.

However, thanks to the WOWT Classroom Connection page, many of those wishes are being answered.

It wasn't Christmas on Thursday, but from the excitement from Meg Manire, you would have thought it was.

The first grade teacher at Dundee Elementary School had received another box from her classroom wish list.

“All the tools, the learning tools that I wanted for my students, it just really started to add up quick, and with paying for grad school too,” she says.

This is Manire's first year teaching first grade at the school.

She has already spent around $900 so far this year on teaching materials.

The school does offer a lot of resources, and parents did bring in many items at the beginning of the year, but Manire says she's looking for some extra items like books to teach the best way she can.

On Sunday, she found the link on WOWT's Classroom Connection page, where teachers all over the area have put up wish lists.

She decided to give it a try.

By Tuesday, she found dozens of those items were on their way.

“I just was in tears. I just can't believe the generosity of people and it's just, this year is going to be so dynamite because of the donations we've had to our classroom,” she says.

As the new items arrive every day, she and the students get more excited about the school year to come.

Manire says it's not all that uncommon for teachers to buy their own materials each year.

She says she, along with many other teachers at Dundee, take second jobs to help pay for them.

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