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July 27, 2005

Albany- This is where Heather Yeiser can be found every year before school starts.

"I visit Hall's a lot and come in here and look through books and collect ideas," Yeiser said while shopping Wednesday afternoon.

She shops for ideas on how to make her classroom at Lake Park Elementary a perfect place for kindergartners to learn.

"It really helps them a lot to be able to look around the room and see things that they recognize."

What teachers recognize is that this part of teaching comes at a cost to their own bank accounts.

"Ninety-five percent of the time the teachers are always spending their own money," said Steve Hall, owner of Hall School Supplies on Gillionville Road in Albany.

Hall says teachers are usually spending their own money whether they're buying educational posters or pencils with a little pizzazz. Apparently, the teachers he serves don't complain to him.

"It's a pleasure for us to work around people trying to make life better for the school system and for their children."

The personal expense is a reality for all teachers and is part of the job during these days of tight state and federal budgets and annual cuts in education spending.

Sometimes teachers do get some help. PTO's do try to raise money to help them with the cost of supplies.

"I just know that every year in August, I'm going to be a little shorter on cash than I normally am," Yeiser said. "You do it because you want to do it, not because you have to do it."

Yeiser does it because she knows the buy is a major investment in the future of education.

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