HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) — The WakeEd Partnership kicked off its five-week school supply drive Monday.
WakeEd Partnership is a nonprofit focused on improving public education within the Wake County Public School system. One of their programs, called Tools4Schools is a classroom supply store that provides free supplies for nearly 11,000 teachers in North Carolina’s largest school district.
Wake-Ed President Keith Poston says there’s a huge need for more supplies to serve the whole district.
“160,000 students, 11,000 teachers. That’s a big district with a lot of needs,” said Poston.
According to the WakeEd Partnership website, teachers in North Carolina spend an average of $526 out-of-pocket on school supplies for their students each year.
The nonprofit’s goal these next five weeks is to stock the shelves at Wake-Ed’s “Tools4Schools” free store to help curb that expense for teachers. As an added bonus, the “For Others Foundation” will match each donation that comes in during July and August.
The Holly Springs Masonic Lodge’s junior deacon Sam Prestipino says his son, Lucas, built a drop-off box as his eagle scout project. That box will now be a permanent addition at the lodge. Prestipino’s wife is a teacher so their whole family sees first-hand how much teachers can spend on a classroom ahead of the new school year.
“I think with his mom being a schoolteacher, he sees it every year. We don’t just go back to school shopping for him and his brother and sister. We’re going back to school shopping for my wife and her kids,” Prestipino said.
The “Tools-4-Schools” store opened in January and it’s only for Wake County teachers.
- Tools4Schools, 1660 Piney Plains Drive, Cary NC 27518
- Boys & Girls Club Zebulon, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon, NC 27597
- Boys & Girls Club Wake Forest, 325 S. Wingate Street Wake Forest, NC 27587
- Towne Bank, West Cary Branch, 5000 Valleystone Drive #110, Cary, North Carolina 27519
- Towne Bank, Midtown Raleigh Branch, 3535 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612
- Holly Springs Masonic Lodge, 224 Raleigh St, Holly Springs, NC 27540
- WakeEd Partnership, 3101 Industrial Dr. Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27609
- Edwards Beightol Law Firm, 1033 Oberlin Road, Suite 100, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605
- Papa Murphy’s locations:
- 161 SE Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27511
- 6106 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
- 11721 Retail Dr Suite 105, Wake Forest, NC 27587
- 3639 SW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513
- 3434 Kildaire Farm Rd Ste. 127, Cary, NC 27518
- 756 W Williams St, Apex, NC 27502
- 1422 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526