The Rotary Clubs of Bloomfield and Linton are teaming up to help area teachers and students.
The clubs now have a new service mission, and its focus is to improve education for Greene County students.
"Our mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of children in Greene County by providing a unique means to transfer donated school supplies from businesses and individuals free to Greene County teachers for the use in their classrooms and schools," Bloomfield Rotary Club President Sandy Mead said in a news release.
"Sadly, many students in our county cannot afford basic school supplies. In the classroom, books and other supplies can be scarce or nonexistent. Teachers must use personal funds to obtain necessary supplies that parents and strained school budgets cannot provide."
Teachers in all Greene County schools -- in grades kindergarten through eighth -- can use the program. It's called Teachers Warehouse, and teachers can shop at the Bloomington facility Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 2--6 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Teachers Warehouse is at 1365 West Second St. in Bloomington, behind Nevada Bob's on Bloomington's west side. Teachers may begin shopping Aug. 1
"Rotary Clubs of Bloomfield and Linton are very excited to bring this new benefit to the teachers of Greene County," Mead stated.
Teachers can visit Teachers Warehouse and obtain free supplies, including the basic items all teachers need, along with the "treasures" that help make a classroom more enjoyable for students.
Area residents can help the Rotary Clubs by donating items to the Teachers Warehouse. You can drop the items off at any Bloomfield State Bank location in Greene County -- Bloomfield, Eastern Greene Branch, Linton, Lyons, and Jasonville.
This is a year-long program, so you can drop the items off at the bank locations any time.
"I have pamphlets with all the information and a map to the Teachers Warehouse," Mead added. "I am trying to notify every teacher and school to let them know of this new benefit. You see, it takes a service club like Rotary to 'buy in' each year, to give this benefit to the teachers. It's not free to Rotary, but it's free for the teachers."
The Rotary Clubs have put together a wish list:
Spiral note books, highlighters (any color), 1 inch and 2 inch 3-ring notebooks, 3X5 index cards, felt fabric and other fabric, buttons, sequins, glitter, paint, pipe cleaners, Kleenex, bottles of sanitizer, larger scissors with points, 3-hole punches, crayons, markers and colored pencils, blunt-end scissors, pink pearl erasers, glue sticks, bottles of white glue, dry eraser markers (especially black), composition books, backpacks/bookpacks, crayons and cute two-pocket folders, and compass and protractors.
For further information about the project, you can call Mead @ at 384-4431 or 381-3442 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A huge pat on the back to the Rotary Clubs of Bloomfield and Linton for taking part in the program. Too often teachers don't get the credit they deserve, and too many times they are criticized when their hands are tied.
I know a lot of teachers go the extra mile and spend their own money for the "little extras" in their classrooms. The Teachers Warehouse will help provide even more for our students.