GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- School starts in less than a week and District 51 is doing something for their teachers they haven't been able to do in a while, give them some cash.
They'll each get an extra $150 to spend on classroom supplies, which is a big help.
On average, nationally, teachers spend around $500 on their own classrooms out of pocket.
The money is a bonus on top of the money they got from their own schools due to building allocations.
"The average teacher spends a lot of their own money out of pocket for school supplies. Sometimes it's for some students that their parents couldn't afford school supplies and their parents are really struggling, and the teachers obviously have a heart for kids, so sometimes they'll fill in the gaps," said spokesperson for District 51, Emily Shockley.
The district says they weren't able to do this for teachers in previous years because of budget cuts.