Teacher’s Harvest donates school supplies to local kids in need

| July 26, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

LOWNDES Co. – It’s a day teachers in South Georgia wait for every year, and it’s not the first day of school.

It’s the 7th annual Teacher’s Harvest, and supplies, like books and binders, are all free of charge.

Teachers say they wait every year to grab a shopping cart, and begin filling it with all the supplies they need.

One teacher says her students need things like scissors, crayons, and a lot of glue.

It’s a lot of supplies kids are required to bring, but can’t always afford.

“Kids who can’t afford food, probably can’t afford school supplies,” says Hannah Peverill, with Second Harvest of South Georgia.

She says the event allows teachers to pick up any extra supplies those kids may need.

“If that means that we have to buy it, then we’re going to because every child deserves the opportunity to have all the essential tools they need to be successful in the classroom,” says Angie Dallas, a Valdosta City Schools teacher.

The Kids In Need Foundation and Second Harvest gather the supplies, which allows teachers, like Davis, to save money.

“A teacher averages around $500 in the summer just buying the things they need for their classroom and Teacher’s Harvest really cuts down on that cost,” adds Davis.

More than 600 public school teachers from 30 surrounding counties showed up to the kickoff event Monday morning.

All of them grab different items they need for their students this time of year.

“You can’t let them be empty handed,” says Emily Fincher, a Tift County School teacher. “You can’t let them go without just because they can’t afford it. You want to give them all the opportunities that you can.”

Teacher’s Harvest will run through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank.

They say last year they served 1,000 teachers, but nearly 2,000 teachers have already pre-registered for the event this year.

Supplies are first-come-first-serve for public school teachers within the 30 counties they serve.

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