SIOUX FALLS, SD -
It's exciting for college graduates to land their first teaching job, but it can come at a cost.
Many first time teachers find themselves paying hundreds of dollars just to set up their classrooms. But, one group is helping bring down the cost and they're doing it one stroke at a time.
It's the kind of weather many golfers have been waiting to tee off in but, this more than just a game.
"We are raising money to help first time teachers in the classroom," Education Foundation Board Member Amy Scott-Stoltz said.
Businesses across the area are donating money and teams to help drive money to Helping Hands, a grant created by the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation.
"We're focusing right now on first year teachers. If they're straight out of school and they have not taught before, they don't have anything for their classroom," Scott-Stoltz said.
Scott-Stoltz says first-time teachers can spend hundreds of dollars of their own green on books, supplies, and other learning materials. Those are costs many can't swing straight out of college.
Last year, the Education Foundation raised over $11,000 and this year they're on the same track. Those out hitting the green say they're happy to golf for a good cause.
"We know how expensive it is when they start out getting their classrooms set up and everything they need to spend, so we're here to help them," Robin Prunty said.
The Sioux Falls School District expects to have about 80 first time teachers starting this fall. Last year, they were able to give $150 a piece. The Foundation once again hopes to sink some money into each of their pockets.
"We all know how much money out of pocket money that teachers spend for their classrooms and we just wanted to help them out with that," Scott-Stoltz said.
"Whatever we can do to help," Prunty said.
The Education Foundation is made up of community members, parents and current and former district employees.
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