School supply drive to aid DPS teachers

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Crayons2Calculators has partnered with more than 175 businesses, neighborhoods and associations in a “Fill That Bus!” supply drive to stock the shelves of the C2C store where Durham Public Schools teachers “shop” for free school supplies.
Volunteers and school buses will be at two locations Aug. 16 and supporters are asked to bring school supplies to help fill the bus.
One bus will be in the parking lot of Sam’s Club and Office Depot, 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd., and the second bus will be outside the Renaissance Village Chick-Fil-A, 7836 Leonard Drive.
Last year, the supplies drive, coordinated by the four area Rotary Clubs, collected more than $63,000 in school supplies for Durham Public School students and teachers. 
This year, Crayons2Calculators aims to collect over $75,000 in supplies.
In addition, businesses partners have had collection bins in their offices since July 21.
Members of the public can also drop off donations at Cozy, Durham Chamber of Commerce, Nasher Museum of Art, Regency Cleaners and Not Just Paper during regular business hours.
For a complete listing of Partner collection sites, see www.crayons2calculators.org/Fill-That-Bus-2014
Nearly 65 percent of students in Durham Public Schools qualify for free and reduced lunch and may come from households that cannot provide adequate school supplies.
“In the past several years, decreases in funding for supplies at the state level have affected all North Carolina public schools,” Julie Marshall, executive director of Crayons2Calculators said in a news release. “In districts like Durham, this means that many students do not have equal access to educational resources which can be a significant barrier to success in the classroom. By providing free school supplies to teachers in the highest need schools, C2C helps to ensure that all students in Durham are equipped with the tools they need to thrive in the classroom.”
Crayons2Calculators is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to serve the educational and creative needs of Durham students.
For information, go to www.crayons2calculators.org/.