Joshua Circle Elementary School's cash-strapped classrooms are getting a little help.


Teachers representing each of the school's seven grades, including kindergarten, were given a $250 gift card for Walmart to purchase school supplies Wednesday.


"Who would like new stuff for our school?" Principal Scott Sheffield asked a library full of student representatives. "Yeah, I'm raising my hand."


The funds were part of a gift from James and Rowena Ramos, the parents of James Ramos, the chairman of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians. They will be distributed to 16 different schools around the county, via the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association.


At Joshua Circle, Clark Morrow, in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Public Affairs Division and Chico Garza, special assistant to San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Gary Thomas, gave out the cards.


"And your grade level does have to share, teachers," Sheffield joked to the teachers who picked up the cards on behalf of their grade level.


"It's going to help us off-set some of the budget cutbacks we've had in recent years," he said later. "Talking with teachers in the last few days, a lot of them want to use (the money) for classroom reading books."


Teachers in lower grades are also considering spending the funds on paint and reading kits, he said.


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