Community donations sought May 4 for teachers' warehouse

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Education Alliance of Washoe County is asking local businesses and people to donate supplies to the Teachers’ Warehouse, a free resource for teachers to gather essential supplies for their classrooms.

Community Donation Day will be held Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donors may take items to the warehouse, which is at 380 Edison Way in Reno. Donors may also provide financial donations, which will be used to purchase the most sought-after art and classroom supplies.

Many teachers use their own funds to purchase classroom supplies including office supplies, personal hygiene products, construction paper, holiday decorations, and arts/crafts supplies. They may also “shop for free” at the Teachers’ Warehouse, gathering supplies they need for classroom activities for their students. Teachers rely on the warehouse supplies of donated items to provide materials for classroom activities with their students.

“Our generous community partners continually make a difference for our 4,200 hard-working teachers,” said Kendall Inskip, executive director of the Education Alliance. “Community Donation Day is set aside to celebrate and acknowledge their tremendous contributions in the past, and to encourage everyone to donate whatever they can to support our students and teachers. We will accept just about anything that teachers can reuse in their classrooms, and we are grateful for the community’s support.”

Thursday, May 10, Washoe County School District teachers will be invited to “Shop ‘Til You Drop” at the Teachers’ Warehouse from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Teachers from all the schools in the district use the warehouse to supplement their classroom supplies.

“This is a great resource for educators at all grade levels,” said Natha Anderson, president of the Washoe Education Association. “As a teacher myself, I have come to the warehouse to look for materials for my classroom, and I am always able to find something that I can use to help my students. We are so lucky to have such a caring and generous community to support our educators, and I look forward to this year’s event.”