Social media can lead us on some wild rides. It also has the power to crack open a world we’re completely unfamiliar with, embolden and inspire us to do better, and to even spark powerful movements that positively impact an entire community. Case in point: the #clearthelists hashtag that’s circulating on Twitter.
The hashtag, created by Texas elementary school teacher Courtney Jones, began with humble origins: She wanted an easy way for fellow teachers to share their Amazon school supply wish lists with each other. Since then, the hashtag has gone viral not just within the community of schoolteachers, but outside of it, as well. Celebrities, politicians and local residents are all teaming up to make sure the lists are, well, cleared.
The results of the hashtag are two-fold: Teachers are getting the supplies and funding they need to complete their classrooms, and the movement is raising awareness surrounding teacher salaries and a lack of funding for basic classroom necessities.