What can Brown do for our schools?

When my girls were in elementary school in Charlotte, we were asked to donate copier paper. Teachers had a limit to how many copies they could make each month, but they provided their own paper above and beyond a certain minimum amount. I was amazed at the supplies teachers relied on parents to bring in. We were in a relatively high poverty school, so much of the donating fell on the shoulders of a handful of parents. Some teachers and classrooms did without.

I knew the budget cutbacks were going to be especially hard on teachers. I'm sure book orders will be put on hold, special project supplies will not be ordered and standard classroom supplies will be rationed. It will be even harder on middle and high school teachers who don't have students for more than one class and parents aren't as attentive typically to their supply needs.

Apparently, others are thinking the same thing and some are taking action.

One Charlotte UPS Store has donated 10,000 free copies to four schools pinched by the state's spending freeze, and an area manager is awaiting a callback from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to set up a wider donation network.

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An Observer story about the copy crackdown appeared Thursday. That morning, Scott Fidler and Peter McCranie were meeting at the UPS Store at Foxcroft Center, on Fairview Road. McCranie owns that store; Fidler is operations manager for all Charlotte-area stores, including about 30 in Mecklenburg.

I hope more people will follow the example that Fidler and McCranie are setting.

What can you do to help? Call your local school and see if they are running low on supplies. Check in with any teachers you know. Any donation - no matter how small helps the teacher and all of the students in their classroom.

Some classes have pets. Maybe they can use hamster, rabbit, ferret or fish food. Maybe they need story books or reference books. Do you have any lying around the house? Are your children grown? Do you have construction paper, crayons, glue, printer paper or other craft supplies your children have outgrown but you're holding onto anyway? Let it go and put it to good use.

Maybe your business, Sunday school class or poker/quilting/bible study group can adopt a classroom or a grade level at a local school. Every bit helps. If you don't know a teacher, you can call individual schools to see what they need. If you want to adopt a classroom I'm sure administration can help pick a class where there isn't an active grade parent or class mom/dad helping out.

If you don't want to buy paper and haul it around, most classrooms now use dry erase boards. I don't know a teacher who can't use a new pack of markers or a good eraser and board cleaner.

Pick up the phone. Give them a call and see what you can do to help get them through the end of the school year. The following list will take you to the web site, Great Schools. The page for each school district is broken down into contact information for the individual schools. Let us know if you check in with a school and report back what they need.

Alamance-Burlington Schools
Alexander County Schools
Alleghany County Schools
Anson County Schools
Ashe County Schools
Asheboro City Schools
Asheville City Schools
Avery County Schools
Beaufort County Schools
Bertie County Schools
Bladen County Schools
Brunswick County Schools
Buncombe County Schools
Burke County Schools
Cabarrus County Schools
Caldwell County Schools
Camden County Schools
Carteret County Public Schools
Caswell County Schools
Catawba County Schools
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Chatham County Schools
Cherokee Central Schools
Cherokee County Schools
Clay County Schools
Cleveland County Schools
Clinton City Schools
Columbus County Schools
Craven County Schools
Cumberland County Schools
Currituck County Schools
Dare County Schools
Davidson County Schools
Davie County Schools
Duplin County Schools
Durham Public Schools
Edenton/Chowan Schools
Edgecombe County Public School
Elkin City Schools
Forsyth County Schools
Fort Bragg/Camp Lejeune
Franklin County Schools
Gaston County Schools
Gates County Schools
Graham County Schools
Granville County Schools
Greene County Schools
Guilford County Schools
Halifax County Schools
Harnett County Schools
Haywood County Schools
Henderson County Schools
Hertford County Schools
Hickory City Schools
Hoke County Schools
Hyde County Schools
Iredell-Statesville Schools
Jackson County Schools
Johnston County Schools
Jones County Schools
Kannapolis City Schools
Lee County Schools
Lenoir County Public Schools
Lexington City Schools
Lincoln County Schools
Macon County Schools
Madison County Schools
Martin County Schools
McDowell County Schools
Mitchell County Schools
Montgomery County Schools
Moore County Schools
Mooresville City Schools
Mount Airy City Schools
Nash-Rocky Mount Schools
New Hanover County Schools
Newton Conover City Schools
Northampton County Schools
Onslow County Schools
Orange County Schools
Pamlico County Schools
Pasquotank County Schools
Pender County Schools
Perquimans County Schools
Person County Schools
Pitt County Schools
Polk County Schools
Randolph County Schools
Richmond County Schools
Roanoke Rapids City Schools
Robeson County Schools
Rockingham County Schools
Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Rutherford County Schools
Sampson County Schools
Scotland County Schools
Stanly County Schools
Stokes County Schools
Surry County Schools
Swain County Schools
Thomasville City Schools
Transylvania County Schools
Tyrrell County Schools
Union County Public Schools
Vance County Schools
Wake County Schools
Warren County Schools
Washington County Schools
Watauga County Schools
Wayne County Public Schools
Weldon City Schools
Whiteville City Schools
Wilkes County Schools
Wilson County Schools
Yadkin County Schools
Yancey County Schools

Update: Links fixed

Comments

I have a lot of books that are like-new

that I will be taking to one of our local elementary schools.



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