Teachers are spending a lot of their own money to make sure their students have everything they need. But two crafty teachers turned to their communities to help offset the cost of the supplies. Jennifer Boyle-Taurman had several boxes of school supplies to unpack for this school year. But they weren't supplied by her school nor purchased from her own pocket. The supplies were purchased by members of her community through her Amazon wish list. “It was very overwhelming,” Boyle-Taurman says. “In the best way.”Boyle-Tourman posted her wish list on social media, and not only did people start buying these items, but they went above and beyond. “I had people either send things to the school or people who offered, you know, ‘I don't have anything I can purchase on this list, but I have x y and z at home; would you want this?’” Boyle-Taurman recalled. “To someone meeting me at a Starbucks and giving me $100 in cash for … [Read more...] about Community steps up to help teachers buy school supplies
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MENLO, Ga. — Most mornings, Stephen Werner wakes up at 4:30 in a small bedroom in his family's castle, where his father's darkroom was supposed to be. He drives down Lookout Mountain to work the loader at a local lumber mill. He comes home around 5 p.m., shoots the breeze with a couple of neighbor friends until dark. Then he goes to sleep. Then he does it all again the next day. But on weekends, Werner gets up "when I darn well please." He likes to sit in his recliner, alone with the quiet. There's always work to do here, on 240 acres off Highway 157, about 12 miles west of Summerville. Werner began helping his parents erect a castle on the property 22 years ago. He screwed together custom cuts of metal siding, winched them up to stand 32 feet high. He built battlements on top and fastened concrete stones to the outside walls. The construction halted about half a decade ago, though. Most of the castle's exterior is still uncovered metal, like a warehouse. Old photos and books sit … [Read more...] about Unused Georgia castle for sale ruined son’s life as he helped parents build it
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to get Chicago cops and firefighters to spread out into the city’s struggling neighborhoods has yet to draw much interest.Six months after the mayor dangled a monetary carrot to try to get them to purchase homes in high-crime parts of the South and West sides, just two police officers have taken advantage, according to the city Department of Planning and Development. And both closed on houses in the South Side Chatham neighborhood that’s already known as a favorite landing spot for first responders and other city workers.Emanuel’s program offers $30,000 loans to police officers and firefighters to buy a home in certain more violent areas of the city. If they stay for at least 10 years, they don’t have to pay the city back. It’s an idea employed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley in previous decades that Emanuel restarted last year.Because of the low participation so far, some aldermen are suggesting changes. But the … [Read more...] about Emanuel plan to get police to buy homes in more violent neighborhoods hasn’t netted many sales yet
Matthew Michaels, provided by Published 12:00 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 Photo: Google Earth Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Miraloma Elementary School in SF. A new study by Trulia has discovered that although SF teachers are among the highest paid in the country, they can't afford the gross majority of homes in SF. Miraloma Elementary School in SF. A new study by Trulia has discovered that although SF teachers are among the highest paid in the country, they can't afford the gross majority of homes in SF. Photo: Google Earth Teachers in SF are among highest paid in U.S. They still can't afford 99% of houses in the city. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery At current salary levels, teachers in many cities across the US can't afford to live near the schools where they teach. In San Francisco, less than 1% of homes on the … [Read more...] about Teachers in SF are among highest paid in U.S. They still can’t afford 99% of houses in the city.
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