KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County Schools’ teachers and teaching assistants shopped for free classroom supplies this weekend, thanks to the help from the community.
On Saturday, October 29, from 7 a.m. to noon the Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot opened at the former Cedar Bluff Intermediate School, 709 North Cedar Bluff Road. Knox County Schools’ nurses also had the chance to shop for supplies for school clinics.
The depot is driven by donations by local businesses and community members that partner with Knox County Schools. In 15 years the Teacher Supply Depot has provided more than $2.6 million worth of materials.
“Most teachers tell us they spend around $750 out of their own pocket for basic school supplies every year,” Karen Davis, secretary of the Knox County Schools Board of Directors teacher supply depot, said. “This gives them an opportunity not to do that. It gives them an opportunity to get some brand new school supplies and some gently used school supplies and use it in their classroom. It kind of offsets the cost of doing business as a teacher.”
Donations for the depot are accepted year-round, but the depot is only open for a couple dates throughout the school year.Additional shopping days will be on January 21 and April 1.
“Everything we spend on our classroom we do out of the love of our hearts, but the love of our hearts are over capacitated with the money that we spend,” Tanya Coats, KCS teacher, said. “We have our own families so it’s great that the school depot gives us these awesome resources that we need.”
More than 200 Knox County School teachers turned out for the event.
For more information visit Knox County School’s website.