Monday, June 8, 2009


If someone told you that you had less than twenty-four hours to spend $100,000, would you get excited or stressed?

I would get excited. $100,000 to be spent in such a short amount of time equals SHOPPING SPREEEE.

Don’t get too excited.. Nothing like this would ever happen to yours truly.

My colleague, Ms. A, received an email today saying that she had a resource room budget for the school year 2009-2010 that was $100,000. She had to get her wish list together by tomorrow afternoon. Every single penny had to be spent and it could not be dispersed throughout the year nor could she use it in increments.

It was now or never.

So she was stressed out.

She had two catalogs with her and sticky noted every single thing that she wanted.

Every thing that was expensive was sticky noted. And anything that was less than $100 was not even looked at.

She was with the high rollers now.

With that being said, the resource room is now going to get four brand new computers for the kids and two new laptops for both teachers. Along with a bunch of games, resources, and hands on material for students.

It was quite funny to watch someone spend $100,000 in such a short period of time. Yeah, she was excited. Yeah, she couldn’t believe it. Yeah, it was awesome for the school to give her such a substantial amount. But it was overwhelming nonetheless. I saw her in the midst of it all, and asked how it was going.

Her reply, “I still have $20,000 to spend.”

We both busted out laughing.

It was just such a bizarre predicament.

She’s so lucky.

My budget, on the other hand, for 2009-2010 for my very own classroom: $500. And this has to be shared with my two other teammates.

Oh, I didn’t tell you?

I got a job offer as a first grade teacher! Alhamdullilah (All praise to God)

My very own, very first classroom.

The training wheels are off for me.

So, let the games begin.

(Please keep me in your prayers)


Rabia said...

WOW!!! That IS a lot of money! I cannot even imagine how she managed to spend $100,000 in one day! It's so good (Masha'Allah!) to see that, especially when schools are being closed and funding is being cut all across the board.

And....CONGRATULATIONS on the job offer!! Insha'Allah you'll be an amazing teacher!! :)

ellen557 said...

Congratulations on the job! :D
That would be so difficult spending $100,000 in a day - especially on a room! The only way I could think to get rid of it so fast is to pay off all of my mum's mortgage & then some of my aunt's in one day ahah!
Anything else would take me aaaaaages.

LiLu said...

Congrats on getting your own room! Albeit on a small budget... we all start somewhere, right? :-)

fuelMybrain said...

Congrats!!!! That is so great!

Not to change the subject though, why is there HTML coding stuff in your post? It was distracting. :-)

Back to you.... that is soooo wonderful! Sorry 'bout the lame budget for you but you'll get creative I'm sure.

Artistic Logic said...

awesome dude....

but isn't that a really inefficient method of providing money....
i mean if she was allowed to keep it for the whole entire year she wud b wiser in how she spends it whereas in 24 hours shes making rash decisions and buying things that are expensive.... i think that's really stupid (not her but the idea )

anddd what teamates? i thought u were teaching all by yourselffffff

Falling Up said...

im so proud of you!!

Constructive Attitude said...

fmB-sorry about that, internet explorer is retarded and it shows up like that. but if you view it in Mozilla, it should be fine.

Youthful Wisdom said...

Woo hoo 1st grade teacherrrr =D

amillionmilesfromeverywhere said...

you're gonna do great, congratulations!

EmptyWords said...

oohh gotcha... ;] loll

i agree with AL... that is not the brightest idea in the world... but thats heck of a lot of money. its good your school got money when others are closing down =(

the girl in stiletto said...

that's awesome stuff, CA! congrats!!

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Faith in Writing said...

Congratulations on your new classroom!! But a shame for the $500... only compared to the $100,000 nthough.

I'd find it easy to spend that on myself (lol, of COURSE!) but to allocate it for resources for a whole year and to have none left would be a bit stressful. Great for her though, and the kids. How fun : I love catalogues.