The latest celebrity Instagram campaign is drawing attention to an issue that hits close to home for many: the lack of funds for basic school supplies many teachers face. Actresses Busy Philipps, Kiernan Shipka, and singer Beth Ditto, among others, are flooding their feeds with heartwarming stories that actively help teachers in underserved schools procure supplies for their students. Grizzly Bear musician Ed Droste started the #10FeaturedTeachers campaign following a heartfelt conversation with a teacher friend. "I was very unaware of how desperate a majority of classrooms are for supplies, and that the burden fell on the teacher’s own pocketbook," Droste wrote on Instagram, calling on his followers to donate anything they can. Droste has been posting links to the teachers' Amazon wishlists in his bio — a particlarly helpful use of the "link in bio" invocation — and the celebrities who have followed suit have done so as well.
Philips and other nominees, including Refinery29's executive creative director and co-founder Piera Gelardi, shared the story and their own educator picks, accompanied by Amazon wish lists, as well. Read ahead for a small selection of the inspiring teachers highlighted — and, if you yourself want to get involved, get thee to the links in bio.
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My dear friend @edroste started a grassroots campaign #10featuredteachers to help teachers in underserved public schools get supplies for their students and he nominated me to help continue the challenge! I accept! If you are an educator in need of supplies for your students, DM me your story and bio, along with a picture of yourself(no kids in the pic) and your Amazon wishlist! If you get picked, I'll post it to my feed and stories with a link and people can choose to help chip in if they can! I'll be sending some supplies myself! Yay! 📙📖📘📚
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Meet Rosie! Teacher #1 in my #10featuredteachers!!! Her Amazon wishlist will be in my bio and on stories today! Let's hook her up! In her own words: "Hey busy! My name is Rosie and I’m an 8th grade middle school math teacher. I work in the largest middle school in a county in NC. Im blessed to work in a diverse school that serves students from a wide array of races, religion, culture and socioeconomic status. We have 1300+ students and our classrooms are over flowing with 30+ students per class. Half of the students we serve (650+) are economically disadvantaged and lack basic resources they need for school. As a middle math school teacher. I’m an educator, counselor, role model, and motivator. I bring my pride and excitement to my math class and my students each day. Being the largest middle school, we are not funded adequately to serve as many students as we have. I constantly have to pay out of pocket for basic classroom essentials and student needs. I need help to continue to support my students like I promised them I would."
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MEET HENRY! “I teach high school literature at a Title 1 school with incredible students and remarkable needs. I’ve developed a Pen Pal program between my students and the adults here in the LA community, and I’m striving to better integrate my kids’ presence/stories in a neighborhood that often feels entrenched in expensive, trendy culture. Our class sizes are enormous (nearly 50 in many classes), so it’s not possible to get students their own supplies with my money. Buying books and supplies for my room means bolstering true community in the city. Many of my students have never read a book, so your money goes further than you know.” LINK TO HENRY’S WISHLIST IN STORIES & BIO #10featuredteachers
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Cried twice today seeing our teachers receive packages and support from YOU! 😭 On that note... Meet Teacher #6! Ms. De La Cruz teaches 3rd grade in the South Bronx. “As someone who grew up attending NYC public schools my teachers believed in me and hopefully my students know how much I believe in them. I don’t want to deprive my students of the full learning experience but the minimal supplies make it difficult. From the lack of math manipulative to outdated books my students don’t connect to. I need supplies that will sustain my students’ interest and make their leaning accessible, fun, and productive!” Go to my link in bio and story to help Yollyn-Marie get supplies for her class! #10FeaturedTeachers — For 10 days, I will be showcasing extraordinary teachers who need our help to provide the best for their students. Thanks for contributing, sharing, and caring. ❤️❤️❤️
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Ready to meet Teacher #4? 📓 “Hi! My name is Kelly and I teach in Santa Rosa, CA. My students are representative of the exact people who are targeted by this administration; they are dreamers in every sense of the word. They are hard-working and kind and many have overcome insurmountable odds to achieve their goals. On top of teaching English 10, Honors, and Advanced Placement and Composition, I began a student government program with no starting budget except what was in my bank account. I also fund our GSA club for our LGBTQ+ students out of pocket and buy a bunch of YA books for my classroom. I love being a teacher to my students. I joke that this school has taken my best years; in truth, my students have made me who I am and have given me purpose and family.” Go to my link in bio and story to help Kelly get supplies for her classroom! ✨TAG YOUR BIG-HEARTED FRIEND🍎 #10FeaturedTeachers — For 10 days, I will be showcasing extraordinary teachers who need our help to provide the best for their students. Thanks for contributing, sharing, and caring. ❤️❤️❤️