With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. As the school buses head out for a new year, the IndyBar Professionalism Committee urges firms, agencies and legal departments to “Stock the Schools” in the committee’s inaugural school supply drive to benefit local non-profit Teachers’ Treasures.
From August 1 through August 14, the Indy legal community is encouraged to begin collecting school supplies to be donated to Teachers’ Treasures, which connects teachers with free supplies they can use to assist their students. This school supply drive will culminate in a public drop-off site on the south side of Monument Circle on August 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Firms are encouraged to collect items on the Teachers’ Treasure’s wish list (right) whether purchased new or donated from unneeded firm supplies.
“Through this drive, we’re not only helping teachers help students, we’re also hopefully raising the profile of lawyers in Indianapolis, demonstrating the efforts many of us undertake on a daily basis to serve those around us,” says Brian Zoeller, chair of the bar’s Professionalism Committee.
Working with more than 240 schools to benefit over 100,000 Marion County school children, Teachers’ Treasures has been operating as a free school supply store since 2000. Teachers “shop” once each month for the items their students need to complete homework and class assignments. By using items donated by businesses and individuals, Teachers’ Treasures provides a unique way to transfer unneeded surplus items to teachers and children in need.
Boxes for collection of items are available by contacting Caren Chopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.•