Feed the Children is partnering with Community Development Support Association, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, OG&E and ONG to open a "pop up Teacher Store," Sep. 3-6 where local teachers can go get classroom necessities free of charge, and the four are collecting donations throughout August to ensure the shop is well stocked.
Feed the Children will "match all donations collected pound for pound," a news release from the organization said.
Donations of supplies and money are both welcome and can be delivered to The Non-Profit Center, 114 S. Independence, Feed the Children spokeswoman Carrie Snodgrass said.
The Teacher Shop will be located in the CDSA basement, and operated in part by members of CDSA's Youth Build Program, the release said.
“Partnering with Feed the Children will allow us to offer more and better classroom supplies to Enid teachers,” CDSA Executive Director Cheri Ezzell said. “We need the community’s help to generate local donations and bring the Feed the Children matching donation to Enid.”
OG&E will be donating $500 each to Feed the Children and CDSA, the release said, "as well as facial tissue for all 414 classroom teachers in Enid Public Schools as part of this effort."
“We believe it’s important to support the schools in our communities and provide resources to help students have lifelong success,” OG&E spokeswoman Kathleen O'Shea said. “We encourage everyone to join Feed the Children, CDSA and OG&E in helping our educators by donating to this effort.”
Teachers spend an average of $500 a year on school supplies, according to a study by Scholastic.
"However, Feed the Children helps ease the financial burden by supplying classroom supplies and books at no cost to educators in Title I schools through its Teacher Store based at its Oklahoma City headquarters," the release said. During the 2018 fiscal year, thousands of educators paid a visit to the OKC store.
“There is a great need for these supplies in classrooms across Oklahoma and this initiative will allow organizations to collect school supplies that will benefit students in their local community,” Kevin Richardson, director of special markets at Feed the Children said.