Teachers are being severely underpaid in this world, and it's starting to get a little extreme. On average, elementary school teachers earn $53,000 a year. However, salaries in states can be as low as $35,000. In comparison, an elevator repair technician earns $76,000 a year.
Teachers are shaping the minds of our kids, yet are still not given adequate resources for their classrooms. More often than not, educators are forced to spend out of their own pockets to purchase necessary supplies.
“I’ve always had to buy supplies to enrich our curriculum,” Teresa Danks, a 50-year-old elementary teacher from Verdigris, Oklahoma, says. “I do anything and everything to stretch the dollar as far as I can.”
Oklahoma is one of the states with low teacher salary, yet Danks still spends $2,000 a year to stock her classroom.
Recently, cuts to the education budget have made things harder for Oklahoma teachers, so Danks and her husband Jonathan Roark were chatting about ways to alleviate the pressure that educators would be facing. Roark joked that his wife could start panhandling, but was shocked with her response.
"I was kidding,” Roark says, “but she ran with it!”
Danks and Roark grabbed some white poster board and markers, and wrote a short but clear message on the board. The couple headed to a gas station, where the intention was to just take a picture of Danks holding the sign next to a freeway. They would post the picture on Facebook to try and prove a point.
Continue reading to see what the sign says, and what happened to Danks that left her stunned!