Guilford County Teacher Supply Warehouse Opens for Back-to-School Season – WXII12 Winston-Salem | Candle Made Easy

The average teacher spends $600 to $1000 of their own money on teaching materials. In an attempt to bring those numbers down, the Teacher Supply Warehouse is offering free much-needed materials for the daily classroom to teachers at Guilford County Schools. It opened for the back-to-school season on July 18. Karen Hornfeck, vice president of the Guilford Education Alliance, said between inflation and COVID-19 precautions, demand is already high. “We want to make sure the teachers in this community know we support them, and this is an easy way for us to come together to do that,” Hornfeck said. “We’re lobbying for more government funding, but that’s going to take a while. So we are meeting teachers’ immediate needs and not asking them to wait.” The camp serves more than 100 teachers per day and a total of about 1,500 teachers only during the back-to-school season, Hornfeck said. One of the educators shopping Wednesday was Jefferson Elementary kindergarten teacher Jodi Perlmutter. She said she had come to the warehouse before and told all her fellow teachers about the resource. “It really helps save a lot of money,” she said. “Everything costs more, but salaries and living costs don’t go together. It relieves stress.” Perlmutter not only found lots of glue sticks and colored pencils for her youngest kindergarten children, but also found a kindergarten child who had grown up. up, now 18-year-old Julienne Alonda. She works in the warehouse, packing supplies and occasionally running into former teachers. “I can’t believe I saw my kindergarten teacher today,” Alonda said. “It filled my heart. I saw my math teacher from last year, a teacher I went to church with. It’s a really cool place. I love the energy here.” Alonda said she wants to be a teacher one day, so she feels good to be part of this organization that gives back to them. The Teacher Supply Store is divided into two different sections: new basics and extras. The foreground fundamentals section contains high-demand items such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, dry-erase markers, copier paper, and more, all of which are assigned different points. At each visit, teachers are awarded a set number of points for shopping in that section. The rear area is stocked with a wide range of new and used items including stationery, copy and construction paper, desk organizers, plastic containers, art supplies, display boards, books and more. There are also donated items from Joann Fabrics & Crafts and individually wrapped snacks from Backpack Beginnings. There are no boundaries in this section, so Hornfeck said “there are no boundaries” back there. Guilford County educators must schedule an appointment to visit the warehouse. To find an available time slot, click here. GEA said you should bring your GCS ID with you to your shopping appointment. GCS educators can shop up to four times a year. The warehouse is currently accepting carefully used materials and new teaching materials as well as monetary donations. Visit geanc.org for more information.

The average teacher spends $600 to $1000 of their own money on teaching materials. In an attempt to bring those numbers down, the Teacher Supply Warehouse is offering free much-needed materials for the daily classroom to teachers at Guilford County Schools.

It opened for the back-to-school season on July 18. Karen Hornfeck, vice president of the Guilford Education Alliance, said between inflation and COVID-19 precautions, demand is already high.

“We want to make sure the teachers in this community know we support them, and this is an easy way for us to come together to do that,” Hornfeck said. “We’re pushing for more government funding, but that’s going to take a while. So we are meeting teachers’ immediate needs, not asking them to wait.”

The camp serves more than 100 teachers daily, and about 1,500 total teachers only during the back-to-school season, according to Hornfeck. One of the educators shopping Wednesday was Jefferson Elementary kindergarten teacher Jodi Perlmutter. She said she had come to the warehouse before and told all her fellow teachers about the resource.

“It really helps save a lot of money,” she said. “Everything costs more, but salaries and living costs don’t go together. So that relieves some stress.”

Perlmutter not only found plenty of glue sticks and crayons for her newest preschoolers, but also met an adult preschooler, now 18-year-old Julienne Alonda. She works in the warehouse, packing supplies and occasionally bumping into former teachers.

“I can’t believe I saw my kindergarten teacher today,” Alonda said. “It filled my heart. I saw my math teacher from last year, a teacher I went to church with. It’s a really cool place. I love the energy here.”

Alonda said she wants to be a teacher one day, so she feels good to be part of this organization that gives back to them.

The Teacher Supply Store is divided into two different sections: new basics and extras.

The foreground fundamentals section contains high-demand items such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, dry-erase markers, copier paper, and more, all of which are assigned different points. At each visit, teachers are awarded a set number of points for shopping in that section.

The rear area is stocked with a wide range of new and used items including stationery, copy and construction paper, desk organizers, plastic containers, art supplies, display boards, books and more. There are also donated items from Joann Fabrics & Crafts and individually wrapped snacks from Backpack Beginnings. There are no barriers in this section, so Hornfeck said there “are no barriers” back there.

Guilford County educators must schedule an appointment to visit the warehouse. To find an available time slot, click here. GEA said you should bring your GCS ID with you to your shopping appointment. GCS educators can shop up to four times a year.

The warehouse is currently accepting carefully used materials and new teaching materials as well as monetary donations. Visit geanc.org for more information.

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