Mom creates a school supply subscription service to help teachers

By Michelle Bandur

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OMAHA, Nebraska (KETV) — Karen Borchet said she’s not good at baking cupcakes for bake sales, so she came up with a new recipe to support her kids’ teachers.

“I wish there was a way to subscribe, as easy as a way to subscribe to Netflix so that we can provide teachers with things every month that they really need and really want. “Borchet said.

Borchet rents space at Millwork Commons filled with school supplies and packing materials.

“A lot of our stuff is chosen by and for teachers,” she said.

The tech-savvy mom and entrepreneur started alpaca, a website where subscribers pay for school supplies.

She started at her children’s school, Washington Elementary, four months ago and today there are 120 subscribers across six schools.

“Today we are packing our bags for 170 teachers,” Borchet said.

“It’s really nice to have something every day that reminds teachers that their work is appreciated and valued,” said Denise Powell, a mother.

Omaha Public School parents Powell and Emily Moody have signed up and are now volunteering to pack school supplies.

“I don’t think we’re doing enough for the teachers in this community and we’re seeing the results now that people are leaving,” Powell said.

“Yeah, I’m worried a lot of teachers are leaving, but I understand that as well,” Moody said. “It’s been a really tough year for everyone.”

Women don’t expect monthly treat bags to help keep teachers from leaving the classroom for good. They just want to let teachers know that parents give them an A-plus.

“When parents feel connected to teachers and teachers feel really supported and parents support them, that’s what makes them stay,” Borchet said.

Each care kit also contains a handwritten thank you note.

Subscribe here for a monthly donation of $5, 10 or $20. You can also register a school.

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