Teacher Locker stocks EVSC classrooms with free supplies

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – If you pay attention, you can learn something new every day. Tuesday’s lesson is about helping others drive our gains.

“We’re excited,” said Jeffrey Berger.

There is a new resupply station for teachers in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation. It will help classrooms stay stocked next school year.

Teacher Locker is organized by several local school groups to make the lives of teachers a little easier and more affordable.

Together with the school corporation, Public Educational Foundation, Evansville Area Council PTA, EVSC Foundation, Evansville Teachers Association, and EVSC Retired Teachers helped make the Locker program a reality.

Superintendent Dr. David Smith said this symbolizes what Evansville does best.

“This is really just a tangible example of a community that comes together to support our most valuable resource, our kids.”

The lesson is a give and take.

Teachers can charge up their class with pencils and paper, crayons and markers, glue sticks and stickers, and so much more – all for free.

“We don’t need one tub of this, we need 20 tubs of these,” Berger said, pointing to a bucket half-full of white Elmer’s bottles.

There is plenty of room to grow inside the old classroom at the Academy for Innovative Studies near Diamond Avenue and Stringtown Road.

“We want these shelves to be packed to the gills,” Berger added. He says teachers pull nearly $500 from their own pocket every year to resupply their students.

In the beginning, Teacher Locker is targeting first-year EVSC teachers and those in kindergarten through sixth grade. Once stocks swell, it will be open to junior high and high school teachers too.

Six months into the school year, when the markers are dry and pencils go dull, teachers still have a job to do. Organizers hope the locker will give teachers an outlet to fill the gaps.

“It’s amazing how fast kids burn through pencils.”

You can help by dropping off donations of unused supplies at AIS during the Summer on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

You can find more information at teacherlocker.org.

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This story was originally published on June 11, 2019

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