As Budgets Tighten, Schools Turn to Parents

Monday, September 07, 2009

As some public schools experience steep budget cuts, they turn to parents for help. Among other things, they're sending letters home, asking for cash to help keep school programs running. To find out what else schools are asking parents to do during a budget crunch, we talk to New York Times Motherlode writer Lisa Belkin, and Jody Becker, a mom and journalist based in Irvine, California who is helping her daughter's school.



Jody Becker and Lisa Belkin


Stephanie Hughes and Jen Poyant

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Stephanie Phillips

As many businesses are downsizing, they have an opportunity to help the local schools. When my business had extra purple envelopes or heavy weight presentation folders, I called the local elementary school in Teaneck, NJ, and spoke with the art teacher, who was happy to take them. Under the same principle, I cruised print shops in Oakland, CA, with my daughter, who is an art teacher, and picked up cartons of bright colored printed materials otherwise destined for the recycling depot. The public school administration didn't know this, but these donations are tax deductible--you just need to ask the school for a thank you note listing the approximate value of the donation.

Sep. 07 2009 07:22 AM

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