It’s no secret teachers juggle full plates. Not only are they tasked with educating future generations, but they face daily piles of paperwork, grading, high-stakes tests--and for many, making sure their students have the basic supplies they need for academic success.
Every year teachers reach into their own pockets to stock their classrooms and aid students facing hardship.
It’s not uncommon for a teacher to spend up to $1000--sometimes more--each year so their students have pencils, paper, and other commonly needed supplies. But these out-of-pocket expenses are a strain on already tight budgets.
That’s why Teachers’ Treasures has spent the past 16 years helping teachers help kids. As part of the Kids in Need Foundation network, our Near Eastside store gives teachers from eligible schools (those in Marion County with a 60% or higher free or reduced lunch rate) access to FREE monthly shopping trips for their classroom.
Throughout the school year teachers fill their carts with hundreds of dollars of supplies each month, easing their personal cost and giving their classroom a major boost. Last year alone over $3 million of school supplies left our shelves.
Supporting Indy’s teachers is always a team effort. We rely on great community partners like Sun King (especially VP of Community Relations Heather Hall, our 2016 Caring Spirit Award Recipient) to help us further our mission.
Sun King is currently holding a supply drive leading up to WISH-TV’s Gr8 Paper Push event on August 10. You can drop off supplies that help stock our shelves at Sun King’s downtown location. Those that donate items valued at $20 or more will receive a $5 Sun King Brewing gift card. Some of our greatest needs include paper (copy, loose leaf and construction), notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, 24 count crayons, Kleenex and hand sanitizer. You can view a full wish list here.
Can’t make it to drop-off location? Consider joining us in our #16for16 campaign by donating $16 dollars to celebrate 16 years in 2016. With $1 of every donation helping us get $15 of supplies onto our shelves, that small donation can mean $240 for Indy classrooms. Click here to make an impact.
With your help--and the continued support of our friends at Sun King--we can help Indy’s teachers give their students the tools and confidence they need to succeed.