Cleaning out your closet never felt so good! Bring your lightly-used or no longer needed office supplies like folders, notepads, pens, art supplies and more to Monument Circle on July 20 and you’ll not only clear out your own clutter—you’ll help teachers working hard to educate our local schoolchildren.
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 buses roll out for a new year.
Spearheaded by the Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Committee, Indy law firms and agencies are encouraged to collect new and gently used school supplies to be donated to local non-profit Teachers’ Treasures, which connects teachers with free supplies they can use to fill their classrooms and provide supplies for their students. This school supply drive will culminate in a public drop-off site on the south side of Monument Circle on Wednesday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Representatives from firms and agencies are being recruited to help spread the word about the program in their offices. Those interested in representing their office should contact Mary Ann Mindrum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donation boxes are available for participating firms, and donations can also be dropped in boxes at the IndyBar office.
For a list of items needed by Teachers’ Treasures, visit teacherstreasures.org/donate. Individuals or organizations interested in contributing are encouraged to collect any of the items on this list, whether purchased new or donated from old or unneeded personal or business supplies. Logoed items are happily accepted.
Working with more than 250 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.•