Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste is starting a School Supplies Drive to help Teachers

Grizzly Bear’s lead singer Ed Droste, is an intellectual chap. Not least because of his songwriting and craftsmanship but because he knows the importance of education. It is because of this that Ed has started a School Supplies Drive to help Teachers provide a better education in their schools.

It’s an incredibly simple concept with a very important outcome. The Instagram campaign #10FeaturedTeachers will see Droste choosing ten teachers in the U.S at random, who need help purchasing classroom essentials. Each teacher’s Amazon wishlist is then posted into Droste’s insta bio for 24 hours at a time, inviting fans and followers to purchase the supplies.

“I have a good friend who is a teacher in LA and who recently explained to me how many many teachers have to buy their own supplies for their classrooms, which really says a lot about this country,” he said in a post. “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.”

Get yourself involved below.

(Please read! ❤️) Hi all! Meet Erica! As some of you know from following my stories I randomly was giving a way a lot of free stuff which was super fun (lube, candles, perfume), but it also occurred to me given the traction of those stories, that we could use that same energy and this platform to help give back. I have a good friend who is a teacher in LA and who recently explained to me how many many teachers have to buy their own supplies for their classrooms, which really says a lot about this country, and also just seems insane considering how teaching is one of the hardest, most underpaid jobs in the nation! Both my parents were teachers at a private school and I was lucky to get a free ride, so in my privilege 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…..so I decided to make a call to followers, and see how many teachers were out there following along that were teaching in underserved communities and really needed help. For the next 10 days I’ll be highlighting a teacher a day with their wishlist for their classroom on my stories. This main page post is a plea to ask you to follow along and donate but only if you have the excess income, which I know a lot of people do that follow. I’ll be donating , and I hope you can too! Also many of the items are under 20 dollars! Enter Erica, she’s the first teacher I’m featuring and probably the only one on the main page as the story gets much more eyeballs but here are her words “Hey my name is Erica and I teach 4th grade reading in Chicago and my wish list is all about reading-I want my students to access texts with characters that look like them and also use Post-its to help synthesize their thoughts about what they’ve read.” If you can help, please look at the story for the swipe up link for her wishlist. Thank you Erica and thank you to all the teachers out there doing the hardest work. Tomorrow will be another teacher in the stories, so if this interests you, please keep an eye out! All the best and much love! ❤️❤️❤️ #10featuredteachers (teacher #1)

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