Teachers often dip into their own pockets to fund classroom supplies. Desert Financial, Arizona’s most trusted credit union, founded by educators, encourages teachers to apply for the annual Fall 2021 Adopt-A-Teacher program starting June 1st. Five lucky winners will be chosen randomly to receive items on their wish lists totaling $5,000 each.

Between June 1st and June 15th, educators across the state are encouraged to apply and share their wish lists here: desertfinancial.com/Adopt-A-Teacher.

Winners will be selected and notified by June 18.

“Teachers spend an average of $560 of their own hard-earned money to stock classrooms,” said Jeff Meshey, President and CEO at Desert Financial Credit Union. “This annual program helps some of them make significant investments that make a real impact on their students,” he added. “Plus, it sends a message that they deserve our support.”

In seasons past, Adopt-A-Teacher recipients have requested a range of items to stock classrooms or help students, including laptops, webcams and sensory seating tools.

“Being chosen for Adopt-A-Teacher 2021 has been the greatest gift to me, my students and their families, and our school! Not having to personally pay for supplies has been a dream come true, especially during this past year like no other, as we have faced so many new and different challenges,” said Wendy Wendleton, a teacher with Sweetwater Elementary School in the Washington Elementary School District.