In the wake of deadly school shootings, more teachers are turning to crowdfunding sites to ask for help buying emergency supplies for classrooms.
A Louisiana teacher started a project on Donors Choose asking for heavy-duty-rubber door stoppers for every classroom in her school. Regularly used to hold doors open, they can also be wedged on the inside of a door to impede outside entry.
Other teachers have requested classroom barricades through Donors Choose, including defense systems for classroom entryways that prevent doors from swinging out or doorknobs from turning.
Still others are fundraising for emergency supplies to support and comfort students during lockdowns—water and nonperishable snacks, first-aid kits, and convertible, portable toilets in the event that students are confined to the classroom for several hours.
A version of this article appeared in the September 26, 2018 edition of Education Week as Shootings Spur Teachers to Appeal for Help in Buying Safety Supplies