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Teacher Supply Depot
Donations needed as school year nears


In less than two months, Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot will open for the first time this school year.

After three openings last year, however, resources are running low, and the Depot may not be able to meet teachers’ needs without help from the community.

The Teacher Supply Depot provides Knox County educators with a variety of new and used classroom materials at no charge. Since the Depot is driven solely by donations, it is a unique way for local businesses and community members to partner with the school system to provide material support to teachers. All donated materials are used to enhance instruction and promote student achievement in the classroom.


Items needed include art supplies, bulletin board materials, calculators, writing utensils, erasers, children’s games, holiday decorations, file folders, markers, poster board, tape, rulers, staples, copy paper and a variety of other classroom supplies and materials. The Depot also is in need of items that are often thrown away, such as baby food jars, Pringles cans, coffee cans, T-shirts (all sizes) and old toys in good condition.

Since its first opening in January 2001, more than 6,000 Knox County educators have received an estimated $2.2 million worth of materials that were made possible through the support of local businesses and community members.

Located at 709 N. Cedar Bluff Road in the former Cedar Bluff Intermediate School, the Teacher Supply Depot is a joint venture between Knox County Schools and Knox County Council PTA. Teacher Supply Depot is open on certain dates throughout each school year, with the first opening of the 2011-2012 school year set for Aug. 13.

Donations can be dropped off at Teacher Supply Depot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling 865-470-0750. Pick-up for larger donations can be arranged by calling Scott Bacon, Knox County Schools Supervisor of Business Partnerships, at 865-594-1909.

 

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