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First-year teachers are beneficiaries of ReCraft Greenville’s Teacher RE-Supply Drive

South Carolina teachers spend an average of $433 of their own money on classroom supplies each year while many businesses have an office closet crammed with supplies and materials that they likely will discard.

That’s why ReCraft Creative Reuse Center in Greenville and Public Education Partners have issued a call for office supplies for its Teacher RE-Supply Drive.

“With a full quarter left in the school year, now is the time that Back-to-School supplies run out and this year, the need is especially great,” said ReCraft Executive Director Grant Cothran. “We’re asking area businesses to clear the office clutter, elevate teachers and reduce waste. It’s a triple win.”

New and used office supplies are welcome, including orphaned pencils and half-used legal pads, Cothran said. The drive will even accept branded company merchandise, which is perfect for classroom rewards.

“We call this a RE supply drive because ReCraft’s ultimate goal is to divert usable, creativity-building materials from the landfill.”

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ReCraft will hold a community drop-off day on Friday, March 26, at Next Manufacturing, 400 Birnie Street in Greenville. Volunteers will sort and organize the supplies, then Greenville’s 300 first-year teachers will get to shop for the donations that best fit their classroom needs.

Here’s a list of needed items:

  • Pencils, pens and dry erase markets
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Staplers and staples
  • Clipboards
  • Tape
  • Post-It Notes
  • Notepads and notebooks
  • Copy paper
  • Envelopes
  • Labels
  • 3-Ring Binders
  • Index Cards
  • Folders
  • SWAG

Want to donate?

What: Teacher RE-Supply Drive Community Drop Off Day
Where: ReCraft Creative Reuse Center, NEXT Manufacturing, 400 Birnie Street, Greenville, SC 29611
When: Friday, March 26, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information: email info@recraftgvl.org.

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