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No "Sonny Money" for teachers

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Chances of getting "Sonny Money" are looking cloudy for Muscogee County teachers. School is right around the corner and some teachers may be spending their own money to get their classrooms ready with supplies and decorations.

In 2006 Governor Sonny Perdue started issuing 100-dollar gift cards to teachers all over the state to help with classroom supplies. This year, teachers aren't getting the money, forcing them to choose between shelling out the cash, or leaving their rooms bare.

Some new teachers to the Muscogee County School District are running into road blocks when getting their rooms ready. New teacher, Julie Wood is beginning to understand the preparations process, "It's a slow process. I'm waiting on one teacher to move out so I can move in and its just so much work to do but it's exciting and it's coming together it's just a slow process."

Betsy Glisson is a Professional Learning Specialist for Muscogee County. She says the more experienced teachers are really taking a leadership role when it comes to helping the newer teachers prepare their rooms, "They're not getting the "Sonny Money" this year so I think a lot of them just don't know where to start. Our veteran teachers and learning specialists are jumping in."

Teachers are helping each other when it comes to stocking up on supplies and decorations for classrooms.

"We have wonderful veteran teachers that are giving them things out of their classrooms, borrowing from family members, going to yard sales. They are getting things from everywhere," said Glisson.    

Although some teachers are not happy about spending the extra money, Wood feels it's worth it, "The "Sonny Money" -- as the teachers call it -- is not coming this year. So it's more out of pocket, but to me it's worth it to have that in your classroom. You spend your own money but the kids appreciate it and it's a great feeling to see that they do appreciate it."

Teachers may be spending more of their own money for supplies, but they will feel a little relief with the upcoming tax free weekend.

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