Deals and DIYs help local teacher keep classroom costs down

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LEE COUNTY – As a first-year teacher, Lacey Neskes is learning quickly that having a comfortable classroom can come at a cost.

“Scissors, glue, there’s composition books, there’s folders,” she listed.

She’s also learning the ropes on how to avoid high prices.

“I got a lot of stuff for free from donations from other teachers,” she said.

Neskes also scooped up supplies at The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, a place where teachers can stock their shelves for free. The foundation gets donations from all over the county.

“It’s a way that the community can give back to our most precious and important asset, our students,” said Marshall Bower, President of the foundation. “and to, what I believe is the most difficult but necessary job in the world, being a teacher.”

By using a combination of resources, educators can stay within or close to the budget each teacher is given.

“I think Pinterest is like a bible for teachers, pretty much,” Neskes said, “I think of so many ideas off of Pinterest that I make come to life all the time.”

She made seats for her kids using crates, wood, cushions and fabric. She says the room decore is secondary, however, to her overall mission.

“I think more than anything, more than decorating a room, it’s just being a good teacher to them, and listening to them and being passionate about them,” she said.

If you would like to learn more about donations to The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, click here.

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