FLINT TWP. — As COVID-19 continues to complicate school reopening efforts, teachers are turning to alternative methods to keep their classrooms stocked for the fall.
Nichole Lynch, a first-grade teacher in the Carman-Ainsworth Community School District, recently created a classroom wish list on Amazon.com. People can donate supplies for Lynch’s class by visiting a link to her Amazon page entitled “Classroom Wish List” and purchasing classroom items that she has included on her list, such as crayons, markers and masks.
Lynch, who has taught at Carman-Ainsworth since 2003, said that 2020 will present many challenges for keeping her classroom well-stocked and safe.
“This is going to be an interesting year, and students are going to need their own supplies, rather than the normal sharing we do in first grade,” she said. “We are also going to need extra supplies like tissue, sanitizer and Clorox wipes to keep students and the classroom safe.”
In addition to usual supplies of crayons, pencils, scissors and tissue, Lynch is looking for yoga mats, exercise bands and sensory seats for her students.
“Yoga mats can double as a seat for work time and a place for exercise when we do yoga and stretching in class,” Lynch said. “We are going to have to take breaks throughout the day and learn to be mindful to keep kids engaged and learning.
“I’m also looking for exercise bands because the space in class is limited for movement. Sensory seats are important for some students, so I’ve asked for those to help keep students active and engaged (they can bounce while they work).”
Like many teachers, Lynch purchases most of her classroom supplies ahead of time and receives some from her school district. But with COVID-19 creating a large demand for hand sanitizers, wipes and face coverings, she anticipates that she will run through supplies quickly when in-person classes resume.
So far, Lynch has received several packages of supplies from donors, including pencils, a pencil sharpener, scissors, pencil pouches, tissue, a couple of sensory seats and a few exercise bands. She said that every donation will help to create a warm and safe environment for her students.
“COVID is going to force all of us as educators to think outside the box and figure out ways to safely educate, feed and transport students,” she said. “Whatever we do, safety is priority one. We will need more supplies because students won’t be able to share, and we won’t have group activities or small work groups like we normally would have.
“I’m so thankful for the supplies that have been sent,” Lynch added. “Every little bit helps.”
To donate supplies for Lynch’s classroom, visit the following link: www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/28Q3O1OZNZH98?ref_=wl_share.