“No gift or donation is too small when it comes to making a difference in a classroom.”
Brittney Alexander, a Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools teacher, is one of many teachers who goes the extra mile to make sure her students are prepared to succeed in school. When over 66 percent of her students come to class without basic supplies, she steps up to purchase the necessary materials.
“We truly love our students and will do anything to make sure that their needs are being met socially, emotionally and academically,” said Alexander.
Every school year, area teachers spend $500 to $1,000 of their own money on basic school supplies for their students. Alexander, along with other educators at over 190 Title I schools, utilizes the Classroom Central free-store throughout the academic year. Classroom Central is a nonprofit that collects and distributes free school supplies to students living in poverty.
“It is a great benefit for teachers when we are lacking school supplies and need assistance. I am so grateful to have the support of Classroom Central throughout the school year,” said Alexander.
For the past 20 years, in partnership with Communities in Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Classroom Central, the WSOC-TV 9 School Tools program collects school supplies, which are then distributed to students in grades K-12. These items play a big role in preparing students to be successful in the upcoming school year.
Alexander expressed how community donations can affect a child’s education. “Having donated supplies is the only way that many students are able to be prepared for the school year. For a child that is used to going without, it gives them a reason to want to be successful throughout the school year.”
From now until Aug. 20, you can donate school supplies at over 80 donation locations across the Carolinas including WSOC-TV 9 Family Focus partner locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda and E.R. Plumbing Services. You can find your nearest donation location by clicking on this link for 9 School Tools Donation Locations.
Learn more about the 9 School Tools at www.9SchoolTools.com
If your organization or business would like to get involved or help with 9 School Tools, or if you have an inspiring story to share, please email Kevin Campbell, community affairs manager for WSOC-TV, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com
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