Rotary/PEF contribute $4000 to Teacher Locker

Rotary Club of Evansville and Public Education Foundation Contribute $4,000 to Brand New Project for Teachers. Teacher Locker, a new school supply resource store, plans to open its doors in August to support EVSC teachers. This resource is a collaborative initiative of local educational organizations who share a common mission to provide educators with classroom supplies at no cost. Teacher Locker will be located at AIS on Diamond Avenue.  Your Rotary Club of Evansville and the Pubic Education Foundation contributed $4,000 toward this amazing new initiative.

Public Educational Foundation, Evansville Area Council PTA, EVSC Foundation, Evansville Teachers Association, EVSC Retired Teachers and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) are all a part of the collaboration.   EVSC has donated the space for the project, and teachers will be able to come to the Teacher Locker throughout the year to pick out school supplies, art supplies, classroom decorations and office equipment at no cost for their classrooms.

“It’s been exciting to see the passion and strength of all of these groups coming together to support teachers. We have parents, teachers, business owners and other community champions…all focused on helping to support the work in our classrooms,” said EVSC Foundation Treasurer and Rotarian Jeffrey Berger.

“This project was simply meant to be, said PEF Foundation Executive Director Kate Reibel.  Area Council PTA started working on researching teacher resource stores around the same time PEF and EVSC Foundation started conversations of a teacher supply store. We reached out and connected to pool our resources.”

The group researched teacher resource stores across the nation and surveyed a sample of local educators as they prepared to open Teacher Locker. Teachers indicated that having access to a local classroom resource store would be beneficial, especially as the academic progresses.

“What’s exciting about the project from PTA’s perspective is supporting teachers in a new way that truly helps students, said Area Council PTA President Leah Wayman. “It’s a powerful way for the P and the T of the PTA to work together.”

Rotarians can help by either volunteering their time; making cash donations to allow the project committee to buy supplies; or donate surplus supplies from their company.
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