With the new school year fast approaching, teachers across the nation participated in the #ClearTheLists campaign, a social media phenomenon that helped educators stock up on necessary school supplies for the latest crop of students. A group of four East Texas teachers saw everything on their wishlists hand-delievered to their classrooms, courtesy of Stonewater Roofing.
- Samantha Asquith, Bullard Independent School District
- Jannah Butler, Tyler Independent School District
- Valerie Lampkin, Longview Independent School District
- Emily Mansinger, West Rusk Independent School District
It’s no secret that teachers are underpaid, and school district budgets can only provide limited help for each of their employees. So, many of the nation’s educators have turned to strangers online for assistance, creating wishlists on Amazon and sharing these registries on social media with the #ClearTheLists hashtag. This campaign quickly turned into a viral sensation.
The hope is that a kind soul will buy an item and ship it directly to the teacher, until the entire list of school supplies has been purchased. The campaign has been a success for many teachers nationwide, but Asquith, Butler, Lampkin and Mansinger never expected to hear that all of their classroom needs were being fulfilled in one swoop.
“Oh, my gosh. That’s amazing,” said Lampkin upon hearing the news. “That is awesome.”
Stonewater Roofing created the biggest #ClearTheLists social media thread in East Texas, earning more than 20,000 responses from area educators and supporters. The company randomly selected four lucky teachers and purchased every item on their wishlists.
“Thank you,” said Butler when she was told about her upcoming delivery. “That just made my day.”
The wishlists included standard back-to-school fare such as pencils, crayons, markers, watercolors, rulers, scissors, sticky notes, glue sticks, and tape. There were also more specialized learning tools including math games, geometry sets, magnets, modeling clay, geography puzzles, and games about socialization. Asquith even requested a canvas play teepee for her students.
But the wishlists contained organizational tools for the teachers as well. There were filing cabinets, paper organizers, storage carts, and bulletin boards on the lists, along with basic equipment like a floor lamp and headphones. These are all tools that will help the teachers as they aim to enrich the educational experience for East Texas students this coming year.
“The majority of our staff are products of area school districts and now have our own children within those schools,” explained Trent Spradlin, Chief Marketing Officer for Stonewater Roofing. “That being said, we do what we can to support our teachers in areas they need help the most.”
“Thank you so, so much,” added a delighted Mansinger. “That is just the best surprise.”
Employees from Stonewater Roofing began hand-delivering the cases of school supplies to the four lucky teachers on Friday.