Yes, it is still VERY hot outside, but kids will be headed back to school before we know it. The ads in the circulars have already taken over, and parents are already beginning to stock up on the essentials for their little ones.
While some in the community can simply head to Target or Office Max and buy all the school supplies on the list with a few extra thrown in, this is a luxury not enjoyed by all. Many parents struggle to afford even the most basic supplies like pencils and paper, forcing them to send their children to school with empty book bags. With extremely tight budgets within the school system, teachers find themselves picking up the slack and purchasing supplies for their students out of their own pockets.
This is where Educator Warehouse comes into play. This non-profit helps all teachers employed in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System who have filled out a simple application on the school district’s website. Each quarter, teachers are allowed to shop for classroom supplies using points they have been given, as opposed to their hard-earned dollars. With some teachers spending in excess of $500 of their own money on school supplies for their classrooms, Educator Warehouse strives to close this gap in an effort to allow teachers to avoid spending their hard-earned money on paper and pencils. The Educator Warehouse also offers special shopping days at the beginning of the year for teachers to stock up on supplies. This year’s special shopping days are August 17th-19th.
While donating money is always appreciated, Educator Warehouse Director Karel Chandler also needs volunteers. The Educator Warehouse also benefits greatly from direct donations of much-needed supplies.
Most Needed Core Items for Classrooms:
Scissors (large and small)
Sharpies, Highlighters, Markers
Glue Sticks, Glue Bottles
Top 12 Office Essentials:
Staplers, Staples, Staple Removers
Scotch Tape Dispensers, Scotch Tape
1, 2, 3 Hole Punch
Jump Drive, CD Disks
For more information, including how you can help through volunteering, contact Karel Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.817.1673. You can also contact Kendra at the Educator Warehouse by calling 336.671.1078 for more information about donations or to volunteer. The Educator Warehouse is located at 986 Hutton Street in Winston-Salem. Hours of operation are 3:30-5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9-11 am on the first and third Saturdays of each month. To learn more about the Warehouse, visit the website at forsytheducatorwarehouse.org.