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Teachers Turn to Fundraising for Supplies

Kindergarten teacher Janell Gonsalves Kindergarten teacher Janell Gonsalves
Teachers from Ahuimanu Elementary discuss their difficulties getting the supplies they need. Teachers from Ahuimanu Elementary discuss their difficulties getting the supplies they need.

by Kristine Uyeno

(KHNL) - The cost for school supplies can really add up. And not just for students, but also, for teachers. That's why some Windward Oahu teachers are organizing their own fundraisers.

"Teachers don't teach for the money that's for sure," said Janell Gonsalves, teacher.

She's already spent hundreds of dollars on the basics. And that's very common in schools. In fact, some teachers spend thousands out of their own pocket.

That's why kindergarten teachers at Ahuimanu Elementary in Kaneohe are selling Zippy's chili tickets. Each one costs $6 and the teachers receive less than half of that.

"We use it for field trips or special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, gingerbread house making," said Tari Miyasato, teacher.

Parents and students also help out by selling the tickets for them.

"It's a lot of responsibility that the teachers are taking on that they don't have to take on so I'm really impressed that the teachers are willing to do that for us," said Naomi Salazar, parent.

"The fundraiser's great. Without the fundraiser, we wouldn't be able to buy the supplies that we need so that the children can have a better education," said Gonsalves.

This isn't the only kind of fundraiser these teachers participate in. They also organize a fun fair, which includes booths and games.

It helps them raise money to pay for more supplies for their classrooms.

The teachers say they'll continue to do whatever it takes to help nurture these young minds.

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