Oklahoma teacher resorts to panhandling for classroom supplies

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One Tulsa public school teacher, desperate to find a way to raise money to purchase supplies for her third-grade classroom, decided to take to the streets and ask her community for help.

Teresa Danks stood along a busy interstate Tuesday begging passersby for money with a sign she made that read: “Teacher Needs School Supplies! Anything Helps.”

After less than ten minutes of standing on the side of the road near 193rd East Avenue and Interstate 44, she made $55, which is more than double her hourly pay rate as a teacher. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO.

Danks told FOX23 that she spends between $2,000 and $3,000 of her $35,000 annual salary to pay for classroom materials.

She decided to ask for help from her community after it became clear that Oklahoma lawmakers were not going to address the issue.

In addition to raising much-needed funds, Danks hopes her crowdfunding effort will raise awareness about the financial hardship educators experience due to drastic statewide education budget cuts, forcing many to pay for classroom supplies out of their own pockets.

Her story has already attracted national attention, and as a result, she has received an outpouring of support from her community. One local business even showed its support by giving her a $250 gift card for supplies.

“I find I’m getting emotional talking about it,” said Danks of the generous donations and hundreds of emails she has received.

She is also urging people to donate to their local schools because many other teachers face similar situations.

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