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For the eighth year, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Teachers Supply Closet has provided Roane County teachers with supplies to use in their classrooms and help students have what they need to succeed in school.
While this year’s donations started slow, the community came through to make the project a success for the 40 teachers from 16 schools who went “shopping for free supplies” on Sept. 23.
“The success of the Teachers Supply Closet is a direct reflection of our community’s commitment to education, and I would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who supported the program this year,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance. “The donations to the Closet are an investment in our community, schools, teachers and students — our future.”
After donations are collected, teachers can go to Roane State Community College on a specified day to pick up free items for their classroom needs. Everything from the basics to arts and crafts materials and backpacks are available.
“The donors are super. Without them, we would be digging into our own pockets to pay for these items,” said Sam Frogg, a science teacher at Harriman High School. “The Teachers Supply Closet saves us money.”
The Education Committee of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce takes the lead, on the project, which was started in 2003. Co-sponsors are The Roane Alliance, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman and the Roane County United Way.
All collect supplies and financial donations for Roane County public schools.
“The Roane County Teachers Supply Closet provides a wonderful service to the community’s educators,” said Roane State President Gary Goff. “Without the support of the donors, this worthwhile project would not be possible.”
Student volunteers from Roane State and Tennessee Technology Center organized supplies and set up tables for the big shopping day.
“This event means a lot to me because it helps me save and do more for the kids,” said Midtown Elementary School counselor Heather Dyer.
“Thank you to all the donors. You truly do not understand how helpful this is to the teachers.”
This year’s donors include Caney Creek Resorts, Capstan Tennessee Inc., Citizens National Bank, EnergySolutions, Environmental Standards, Express Employment Professionals of Rockwood, First Bank of Tennessee in Kingston, Glass Doctor of Harriman, Griffin Insurance, Harriman Utility Board, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Mary Lutz of Princess House, ORNL Federal Credit Union of Kingston and Rockwood, Philotechnics Ltd., Richard K. Evans Law Office, Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition, Roane County Association of Women Executives, Roane Eye Center, Roane State (students, staff and faculty), Shelbyville Pencil Co. Inc., Shoney’s, Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Tennessee Donor Services, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman (students, staff and faculty), The Bridge at Rockwood, TVA Kingston Fossil Plant and WKTS-FM, 90.1 The Bridge.
“This is our fifth year participating in the Teachers Supply Closet, and as part of our commitment to education in the region, we are happy to support a program with such an important purpose,” said Alan Parker, president of EnergySolutions Government Group.
“It’s the everyday supplies that count when it comes to meeting the needs of a classroom, and we are happy to meet these needs for our teachers and students,” he added.
Contact Lutz at 376-5572 or ALutz@RoaneAlliance.org for more about the Teachers Supply Closet.