Just like that, the summer is over, and we are back in the swing of busy days and hectic schedules! Work, school, practices and homework consume our time, and it seems there are never enough hours to get it all done. While many of us have already done back-to-school shopping for the year, countless teachers and educators are still working hard to supply their classrooms with the necessary tools not provided to them by the school system.
Some teachers will spend more than $500 of their own money on materials as basic as pencils and paper. Many students do not come prepared with the requested supplies, and teachers find themselves bridging the gap to keep their students focused on what’s important—learning! This is where The Educator Warehouse strives to help, year after year! This non-profit helps all teachers employed in the WS/FCS 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.
The Educator Warehouse is a proud part of the Forsyth Education Partnership, an organization with a mission “…to facilitate community collaboration, commitment and action for educational excellence in our public schools,” according to its website. For more information about the Forsyth Education Partnership, visit the website at forsythedpartnership.org.
Director Karel Chandler promises some exciting changes are coming to The Educator Warehouse in the near future that you will not want to miss! In the meantime, please consider supporting its efforts any way you can!
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 9–11am on the first and third Saturdays of each month. To learn more about the warehouse, visit the website at forsytheducatorwarehouse.org.
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:
- Colored Pencils
- Mechanical Pencils
- Notebook Paper
- Scissors (large and small)
- Sharpies, Highlighters, Markers
- Glue Sticks, Glue Bottles
- Hand Sanitizer
- Pencil Sharpeners
Top 12 Office Essentials:
- Binder Clips
- Paper Clips
- Rubber Bands
- Staplers, Staples, Staple Removers
- Scotch Tape Dispensers, Scotch Tape
- 1-,2-,3-Hole Punch
- Post-It Notes
- Desk Organizers
- Handheld Calculators
- Jump Drive, CD Disks
- Sheet Protectors
- Pencil Sharpeners