10/11/2010 08:39 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

California Teachers Pay Out Of Pocket For Classroom Supplies

To secure writing materials for her classroom, Sandi Sidor is willing to jump through a lot of hoops these days. Make that throw: "I will toss beanbags through anything for a packet of pens," says the fifth-grade teacher in Redlands, Calif., who seeks out competitions and fairs at office-supply stores in order to win a few materials. Just this month, she won three free boxes of pencils: "I have a good arm."

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