Teachers Spend Big Bucks To Get Ready For School

Posted at 5:06 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 20:42:36-04

As the prepare for a new year, some teachers spend between $300 and $1,000 to get their classrooms ready for a new group of students.

School supplies and decorations can be costly. First Grade teachers at Greenbrier Elementary School worked Wednesday to beautify a community bulletin board on top of the countless hours each of them have spent decorating their own classrooms.

"All of this week actually I've worked anywhere from 8 to 10 hours. I think my son and I left last night at 9:30p.m," said Rachel Dickson. "When I was a new teacher starting out, I probably spent $1,000 on my first room, well over it."

Dickson painted a wall to go with her classroom theme. She even had to call in some help. 

"My dad is actually building me some cubbies for my students and those are going to go over here on this big wall," Dickson said.

She said it takes an army to turn her room into a tribal wonderland, and she's even recruited her mom to help with the sewing.

Dickson said it's all worth it when she sees her students on the first day of school.

Dickson said, "For me, it's their home away from home; so I want them to come in and enjoy where they're at - making it comfortable for them, and making them love being here."

Greenbrier Elementary School has open house on Thursday for parents. Rachel said she's racing the clock to plans on making sure her room is completed.

Students at Robertson County Schools go back on Monday.