Oklahoma Teacher Resorts to Panhandling Just to Buy Supplies for Students

Oklahoma Teacher Resorts to Panhandling Just to Buy Supplies for Students

TULSA, Okla. —Desperate times call for teachers doing what they can to provide for students. A Tulsa teacher was seen standing on the side of the road asking for help.

“I easily pay $2,000, $3,000 a year out of pocket to make it happen for my kids,” Teresa Danks said.

The state budget crisis has left educators with no choice.

Teresa Danks teaches third grade at Tulsa public schools. She decided it was time to take a stand. She's panhandling so she can buy what she needs to be a good teacher.

It’s for more hands-on and fun learning that requires more supplies -- small things that add up. She was out there on Tuesday twice, bringing in about $80.

“All I want to do is give those kids the best,” Danks said.

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