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Help Us Raise $100,000 for
Oakland Teachers

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month this May, the Oakland Public Education Fund is launching the New Teacher Supply Fund - a mini-grant program that will provide teachers with up to $500 to set up their classrooms - and their students - for success next school year.

From art supplies to classroom libraries, PE equipment to copy paper, and everything in between, our new teachers need your support to make their classrooms
inspiring spaces for learning.

A donor has generously agreed to match every gift up to $50,000—
so you’ll make twice the impact when you give!

Transform an Entire Classroom

A gift of $500 will create an engaging and dynamic learning environment for 1 Oakland classroom next school year.

Provide Essential Classroom Supplies

A gift of $250 will help buy markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, and other critical supplies needed to create a dynamic classroom.

Create Engaging Learning Spaces

A gift of $100 will help buy classroom decorations, like posters, butcher paper, and banners, that ignite curiosity and learning.

Support Oakland's Newest Teachers

Our teachers are the heart of our community, shaping our children's future and inspiring them to dream big. However, many of them – including new teachers – face significant challenges in providing a nurturing and enriching environment for their students.

Recent studies show that 90% of teachers in the U.S. spend money out of their own pockets on school supplies and other items their students need to succeed, and the average amount spent is around $500. For teachers in Oakland experiencing increased housing costs and rising inflation, this adds an additional strain to the start of each new school year.

Introducing the New Teacher Supply Fund - a mini-grant program that will help new Oakland teachers buy the supplies they need to set their classrooms – and their students – up for a successful school year! This campaign aims to empower Oakland teachers by providing them with the essential materials they need to outfit a vibrant, engaging classroom.

❤️ Make an impact today!

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Oakland Public Education Fund is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and your donation is tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Please keep your receipt as your official record. We'll email it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Why It Matters

Empowerment: Help our teachers feel empowered to create dynamic learning environments that ignite curiosity and creativity in every student.

Equity: Bridge the gap in educational resources and ensure that all students, regardless of their socio-economic background, have access to a high-quality education.

Teacher Well-Being: By easing the burden of out-of-pocket expenses, we contribute to the overall well-being of our teachers, allowing them to focus more on teaching and less on financial stress.

Community Pride: Building strong, well-equipped classrooms enhances the pride we feel for our schools and the community, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the success of our students.

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Classroom Supplies: Provide teachers with the funds they need to purchase essential supplies like notebooks, pens, pencils, and other materials crucial for student learning.

Decorations: Create an inviting and stimulating learning environment by supporting the purchase of decorations that make classrooms warm, welcoming, and visually engaging.

Educational Materials: Ensure that teachers have access to up-to-date and relevant educational materials, fostering an environment where students can thrive academically.

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