From Nov. 14 to 23, Addlestone Library, working in collaboration with the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, will be collecting school supplies as donations.
Students are encouraged to donate whatever they can. The top ten requested items are pencils (No. 2), crayons (24 pack), composition notebooks, filler paper, notebooks, erasers, rulers, washable markers (10 pack), glue sticks, and hygiene products such as baby wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues or paper towels.
All donations will go to a local organization, Teacher’s Supply Closet. They will then be distributed to teachers in local schools with high poverty rates where 95 percent of the students are part of a free and reduced price meal plan program.
“The mission of the organization,” said Sherry Gadsden, head of circulation, “is to serve the education and creative needs of children in the tri-county area by providing a unique means to offer free merchandise, donated from businesses and individuals, for teachers to use in their classrooms.”
Any donations can be brought to the circulation desk or placed at the base of the display in the rotunda of the library.
“We encourage everyone to give what they can, new or gently used – as all donations will go to a most worthy cause,” said James Williams, the Associate Dean of Addlestone, “The College does a fantastic job of educating new teachers and the last thing a new teacher should have to worry about is how they can afford classroom supplies. They should be free to focus on curriculum development and educating our youth.”