by Diane Tuazon
ODESSA- With the new school year approaching, teachers are stocking up on school supplies for the new faces of students that will walk through their doors.
"I always look forward on how excited kindergartens are. It's their first year of school, and you want to make the best introduction," Kindergarten Teacher, Lori Townsend, said.
Lori Townsend says she knows how difficult it can be for some parents to provide school supplies for their children.
"We are more aware as teachers when we ask parents to provide because we know finances are tough for some people right now," Townsend said.
Townsend along with first time Kindergarten teacher Melinda Tate are doing a little extra for their students this year.
"I bought extra crayons, markers, glue, pretty much anything that's on the list I try to have extra, so that I can put them out on tables," Melinda Tate said.
Tate says she doesn't mind spending money out of her own pocket on her students especially during tough times.
"I don't mind at all. I know that if I were in the same position and my daughter needed something, I would be glad for someone to do that. I don't mind buying it if someone needs it," Tate said.
Both teachers wanted to point out that Burnet Elementary can help with resources if necessary, and some local churches around town can also provide help with school supplies.