Leland Michael is a teacher in Iowa who had a couple of run-ins with parents of his students who were complaining about the cost of school supplies. At first, he felt pretty dejected... especially considering his own basket was full of supplies for his student as well. But if there is one thing he would want parents to know, it's this:
The kids who heard their parents complaining heard this message: "School is not important enough to spend money on it, teachers are not to be trusted and have bad judgement, and learning does not require investment."
The kid whose dad handed me the gift card heard: "School is important enough that we should give more than required to make sure it is successful, teachers should be respected and valued, and learning requires us giving it everything we have."
Read his entire story below.