$25 can go a long way in a District 186 classroom.
Horace Mann has partnered with area schools for the last few years to provide its employees with gift cards that then are donated to teachers for classroom supplies.
Michelle Delong, a music specialist at Matheny-Withrow Elementary School, explains.
“Over the last two years they have been giving out gift cards to all their employees for $25 and then the employees can choose who they’d like to partner, which teachers they would like to put on,” she said.
The district has received more than $45,000 in donations this year through the nonprofit organization DonorsChoose.org. The insurance company has partnered with the site to let donors provide funding for specific projects submitted by teachers in the district.