Raise a Hand for Teachers!

Have you all heard of thredUP? It's a fashion resale site that I've recently become addicted to. The basic concept is simple. If you have brand name clothing in excellent condition, thredUP will sell it on your behalf on their site. You can use the earnings to shop the site, donate to a charity, or cash out on PayPal. For under $100 I recently purchased two pairs of shoes, a dress, and a Vera Bradley bag!

thredUp is committed to supporting causes that strengthen communities and keeps clothing out of landfills. So you can purchase designer clothing at up to 90% less than retail while you support charitable causes and help the environment. It's a win-win! 

Today thredUP is partnering with AdoptAClassroom.org to launch Raise a Hand for Teachers, to recognize and thank teachers for their hard work and the positive impact they make in children's lives every day. It's a fact we all know too well, but it's estimated that teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money each year on supplies for their classroom. 70% of teachers have purchased clothing like jackets, socks, and shoes for their students. So, to honor and assist this commitment, the Raise a Hand for Teachers program will award 3 teachers with $2,500 for classroom supplies AND $500 to thredUP! 50 runner-up winners will receive $100 to spend at thredUP.

When I heard about this program, I knew right away who I would nominate - Alisha Peare. I know Alisha through blogging, of course. You all know her as The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.

I've known her behind the scenes for a few years now, and I remember her talking about kids who would walk to school in freezing temperatures with no hats or gloves. But she didn't just talk about it and feel bad about it, she went out and bought those kids hats and gloves. She purchased socks and coats for students who didn't have them. Her students receive her unconditional love and care, and are so lucky to have her.  But if you ask Alisha, she'll tell you that she's the lucky one. Alisha teaches in Omaha, Nebraska in a high poverty, school burdened with gang activity. Her students are low-socioeconomic, culturally diverse, and in great need of help. As many of you probably do, Alisha routinely purchases supplies for her students as well. Alisha knows that before her students can learn, their basic needs must be met. She makes sure that when her kids walk through the door, they feel loved and cared for. Unfortunately, I know Alisha is not alone in her generosity. There are so many other teachers out there who deserve to be recognized for all they do. Are you thinking of one such teacher right now? Then click here to nominate them! The contest starts today and runs through the end of August.

Think about nominating a deserving teacher you know and I'll be back to tell you more about my thredUP experience very soon!

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