School supply lists are beginning to circulate, and stores are stocked with paper, pencils and just about anything else one might need to complete a day at school.
Students are not the only ones shopping for supplies though.
Many educators have already began stocking up for the year. On average, educators spend about $500 of their own money on classroom supplies.
The Altus Student Education Association or ASEA, a student organization made up of students interested in pursuing a career in education, has partnered with the Altus Chamber of Commerce to help.
Tools for Schools is a joint effort between ASEA and the Chamber to help relieve some of those costs associated with preparing a classroom and maintaining supplies throughout the school year. Local office supply businesses are helping ASEA and will serve as collection sites for the supply drive.
Advantage Office Supply, Lee Office and Privett Sales are participating.
Chamber members such as Storehouse Insurance and Stockmans Bank have been instrumental in getting the business community involved in this effort. Chamber members and Storehouse Insurance employees also will be collecting supplies for ASEA at their businesses.
“We are proud to be part of the teacher supply drive for Altus Public Schools because we know the critical role education plays in helping our young people achieve more and helping our local economy grow,” Chamber President Brian Bush said. “A strong school system is a vital part of attracting new employers to our community as well as supporting those employers who have been here for years by providing a smart, talented, capable workforce. We want our teachers to know that we love them, support them, and thank them for the incredible service they provide and we are honored to work alongside them in every way we can.”
ASEA sponsor Rhonda Garrison said she is proud of the effort her students have put into planning this project.
“The students are not only encouraging our community to support our educators, but also encouraging our citizens to shop locally,” Garrison said. “This project really is a win-win for our community.”
Suggested supplies being collected include but are not limited to: Batteries, binder clips, copier paper, correction fluid, correction tape, No. 10 envelopes, 10X13-inch clasp envelopes, expo markers, manila file folders, highlighters, legal pads, paper clips, pencils without plastic covering, Post-it notes, red and black pens, staplers, Staples, tape dispensers, tape rolls and tissues.
Supplies may be purchased at Advantage Office Supply, Lee Office and Privett Sales or other office supply outlets and can be dropped off at the Altus Chamber of Commerce, Storehouse Insurance until the last weekend of September.
For more information contact Rhonda Garrison at 580-481-0818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.