With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. That’s why the Indianapolis legal community is once again “Stocking the Schools” before the school buses roll out for a new year.
Spearheaded by the Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Committee, local law firms and agencies are encouraged to collect new and gently used school supplied to be donated to local non-profit 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 July 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“We’re building on last year’s successful collection to continue to help teachers help children, and we’re doing it in a very public way on the Circle in order to showcase the efforts of IndyBar attorneys to serve our community,” says Patricia McMath, chair of the Professionalism Committee.
Representatives from firms and agencies are being recruited to help spread the word about the program in their office, to receive empty boxes for the collection and to arrange for the delivery of the supplies to Monument Circle. Those interested in representing their office should contact Laura Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Courtney Figg at email@example.com. Donations can also be dropped in donation boxes at the IndyBar office and in front of the Office of Student Affairs at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
In addition to the legal community, members of the public are encouraged to donate items for the drive and can visit Monument Circle on July 30 to contribute their items.
For a list of items needed by Teachers’ Treasures, visit teacherstreasures.org/how-to-help/donate-supplies. Individuals interested in contributing are encouraged to collect any items on this list, whether purchased new or donated from old or unneeded personal or business supplies.
Working with more than 240 schools to benefit over 100,000 Marion County school children, Teacher’s 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, Teacher’s Treasures provides a unique way to transfer unneeded surplus items to teachers and children in need.•