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Public’s help sought for ’12 Teachers Supply Closet

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Roane County Chamber of Commerce is starting the Teachers Supply Closet campaign earlier this year to allow donors to take advantage of back-to-school sales at area businesses.

The annual drive collects school supplies and monetary donations to help public school teachers and students in Roane County.

“This is the 10th year that Teachers Supply Closet has provided a one-day free shopping experience for Roane County’s public school teachers,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

“They ‘shop’ for basic supplies, arts and crafts materials and other classroom supplies — all donated by individuals and area businesses.”

The Supply Closet is one of the most popular programs the Chamber operates.

The effort is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman and Roane County United Way.  

Items frequently needed for classrooms include pencils, pens, staplers and staples, three-hole punchers, crayons, ruled writing paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, markers, scissors, tape, tissues, glue sticks, sticky note pads, construction paper, rubber bands, folders, Band-Aids, tennis balls, binders, calculators and backpacks.

“Many businesses use this opportunity to clean out their cabinets of excess office supplies and equipment,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance. “These donations help make student activities and learning more effective.”

Financial donations and supplies can be dropped off at either the Chamber offices at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston; or the Roane County United Way, 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

When school begins, there will also be donation boxes at Roane State Community College and Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

Call The Roane Alliance at 376-2093 for more information.