HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Each year, teachers help provide students with school supplies at the start of the school year. This year, the Salvation Army took on the task of helping teachers.
For the first time in the history of the Salvation Army in Huntington, teachers were able to go out and collect items like books, pencils, and supplies, all free of charge.
“We were getting ready to go out and make our list of supplies that we need for this year and collect everything. And in recent years we have had to spend our own money. And then this year we’re going to have to buy everything again because we don’t want cross-contamination, ”says Crystal Weir, kindergarten assistant at Southside Elementary.
Pencils, book bags and paper were just a few other supplies teachers picked up at the event.
And one item targeted by a few teachers is hand sanitizer. With the students back in class, teachers say sanitation items are essential.
The Salvation Army says it believes events like this truly benefit teachers by giving them free access to supplies that meet their specific needs.
“Teachers really know the needs of children and see the need. A teacher came over this morning and a lot of supplies are being shared now, so we thought it was important to allow them to come in and get the supplies because they know what they need, ”says Jaclyn Johnson, l senior mission associate for the Salvation Army in Huntington.
The organization says this is an event they hope to host every year just to help.