We’re getting down to the wire.
Now just eight days away from teachers possibly walking off the job and heading to the Capital, all in the name of education.
“Nothing’s happened yet at the Capitol,” said Broken Arrow teacher, Gayle Hahn. “So, we’re preparing to go to the Capital at this point. “
In Broken Arrow, teachers have been preparing for weeks, ironing out the details of their plans.
But one big question, how do they plan to get there?
“I did not know it was going to cost so much and get everybody back and forth,” said Hahn.
Hahn is one of the few spearheading Broken Arrow’s group of teachers going to the capitol. She’s been crunching the numbers and says it’s about $500 a day just to rent a bus.
“Teachers don’t have the money to travel back and forth,” said Hahn. “We have to worry about the tolls, plus gas and we’re strapped. Most teachers are working two to three jobs, they just can’t afford it. It’s not going to be easy.”
So, she’s turning the community for help. She launched a GoFundMe page hoping folks will donate.
“We really hope the community will pull through for us,” said Hahn.
” I know what it’s like to not make very much money,” said former teacher, Lisa Combs.
While Combs is no longer a teacher, she’s still connected with the education industry and is stepping in to help as best she can.
“I’ve contacted a business that’s willing to donate 200 dollars,” said Combs. “I still see myself as a teacher and want to help. We need new books, smaller classes and basic things to take care of our students.”
For these teachers, it’s not all about the money, but the future of education for their students.