TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The first day of school is just weeks away for students and teachers in Hillsborough County.
The Hillsborough Education Foundation opened its Teaching Tools Resource Center for teachers in Title I schools on Monday. There, teachers can “purchase” free school supplies to stock their classrooms.
“I know teachers spend an average of $500 to $1,500 and they’re probably hiding the real figure from their spouses about how much they’re spending on our students,” said Kim Jewel, CEO of Hillsborough Education. Foundation.
The 20 most needed school supplies include backpacks, cap erasers, colored pencils (12 counts), composition notebooks, copy paper, pencils (24 counts), dry erase markers, filler paper, glue sticks, glue bottles, highlighters, index cards, large pink erasers, pencils, pens, pocket folders, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks and washable markers.
“You can’t learn if you don’t have a pen and paper. You can’t take notes, you can’t be engaged. I remember when I was a kid, growing up, going to buy my supplies, but could you imagine a student walking into school on the first day without the supplies,” Jewel said.
WFLA News Channel 8 is teaming up with Hillsborough Education Foundation, Pinellas Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Area Achieva Credit Unions to lend a hand.
The annual back-to-school supply drive will take place August 12 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the News Channel 8 parking lot outside the studios in Tampa and at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
You can donate both to Hillsborough Educational Foundation and the Pinellas Education Foundation on line.