“We need these supplies and resources in Title I schools now more than ever,” said Nicole Ramirez, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher. “Without these basic supplies, everyday learning would not occur. Think of how much paper and pencils one child can go through and multiply that by 21.”
When over half of her kindergarten students show up to class with no school supplies, Ramirez is forced to stretch supplies just to make it through the day’s curriculum.
“A small donation, such as a pack of pencils or paper, makes all the difference in the classroom,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez said that most teachers can buy supplies monthly, or even weekly, to keep their classrooms afloat and up-to-date with the curriculum.
Classroom Central, a nonprofit that collects and distributes free school supplies, is continuously working to eliminate the burden that many educators at low-income schools are faced with.
“Classroom Central allows me to provide the best for my students without having to always come out of pocket myself,” said Ramirez.
For the past 20 years, WSOC-TV has teamed up with Classroom Central and Communities in Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg for the 9 School Tools Campaign to collect school supplies for local students in grades K-12.
“Without programs like 9 School Tools, educators wouldn’t be able to access the supplies and resources available to them through Classroom Central,” said Ramirez.
From July 10 through Aug. 25, you can donate school supplies at over 40 locations across the Carolinas. You can find your nearest donation location by clicking on this link: 9 School Tools Donation Locations.
“There is no donation or contribution that is not used for something in the classroom,” said Ramirez. “Any little bit counts, and we as educators are more than thankful for any resource we receive.”
You can also donate school supplies at the following WSOC-TV 9 Family Focus partner locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore or E.R. Plumbing Services.
Learn more about 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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