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Henderson ISD helping teachers with school supplies

The school year is just around the corner and teachers are working hard to get your kids classroom ready.

HENDERSON, Texas — The school year is just around the corner and teachers are working hard to get kids classroom ready. But some teachers are digging into their own pockets, spending hundreds of dollars.

Brandon Jones is a new teacher to Henderson Middle School and he’s been busy all summer setting up his classroom for his new students. But those preparations can be expensive.

"On average I’ve spent anywhere between $500 to $800 on school supplies out of my own pocket," said Brandon Jones, new U.S. history teacher at Henderson Middle School.

Henderson ISD is working to help by offsetting some of those costs.

"We believe in helping them and part of that is giving them supplies. What they’re going to need is the tools [and] the hands on things that they’ll need in the classroom to reach the kids," said Russell Wylie, Henderson Middle School principal. 

At the end of each school year, Wylie asks his teachers what they need and does his best to gather those supplies. Mr. Jones said he’s grateful for the help. 

"It tells me that the school district really values teachers and really wants to work with teachers and to find out what they need to be successful," Jones said. 

The district said every new teacher receives $100 to spend at Walmart for supplies.

Although teachers wanting to make the classroom snazzy will have to do it at their own expense, Jones said it's worth it.

"I’m going to be having my life-sized skeleton dressed up to the different themes of the classroom and it’s going to be really fun," Jones said. 

Henderson ISD starts school on Aug. 10.

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