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Teachers paying more and more out of pocket for supplies

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"Every year I say I'm not going to spend my money, but you can't help it," said Lynn Skocelas.

Skocelas is a teacher at Meridian Elementary school in Midland County.

She said buying supplies and decorating her classroom is all about creating a fun learning environment for her students.

“Each year we get less and less for school supplies at school and we usually have to spend it on like things like crayons,” Skocelas said. “Paint, construction paper so we don't usually get to get the fun stuff.”

In order to afford some of that fun stuff, Skocelas works part time at School Days in Midland, a store where teachers from all over buy supplies for their classroom.

“It's the extra money I need to get school stuff,” Skocelas said.

Teachers said, because of budget cuts, they've been spending more out of their own pockets. Some shelling out hundreds of dollars every school year.

And it's a trend manager Jo Ellen Welch says she's seeing more and more of.

"They're still coming in because they are committed to teaching and their children, it's just not backed up by the schools," Welch said.

Teachers like Skocelas said helping students get excited about coming to class everyday—is something you can't put a price tag on.

“It is really worth it. It makes my life easier and teaching more fun for the kids,” Skocelas said.

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