Company committed to helping students

Company committed to helping students

Due to the transition to a virtual learning environment for Carolina schools, parents and families are finding it difficult to access supplies for their kids to complete their school year and not fall behind. Many of the more vulnerable and low-income families depend on help from Classroom Central to provide simple supplies, such as paper and pencils.

Classroom Central collects and distributes free school supplies to students living in poverty.

Many community members and organizations are stepping up to help the nonprofit, like New Market Waste Solutions.

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The organization is holding a virtual school supply collection in efforts to help relieve the burden that many struggling families are facing.

“Our mission is to provide underserved teachers and students with much needed school supplies,” said Rob Ryan, CEO of New Market Waste Solutions. “We are involved…to give back to the local communities in a small but important way and allow the students to have the supplies they need in order to be successful.”

For many families, the needs of the home sometimes outweigh needs at school. When a family must choose between buying enough food for dinner or paying the power bill, the pressure of purchasing school supplies is an added expense that families can’t afford.

Since 1997, in partnership with Classroom Central and Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the WSOC-TV 9 School Tools program has collected school supplies, which are then distributed free to students in grades K-12.

A 9 School Tools financial donation program is in place with different levels of giving that will support the needs of Classroom Central. Donors can equate their monetary donation to what can be supplied by Classroom Central.

Here are some of the giving levels:

  • A donation of $9 will help provide homework supplies for students.
  • A donation of $25 will help fill a student’s backpack with school supplies.
  • A donation of $50 will supply a teacher with essential school items.
  • A donation of $100 will supply an entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) kits.

You can also donate school supplies at any Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services until August 14.

Learn more about 9 School Tools at