NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- In school, kids are taught to share: pencils, crayons, ideas. One thing that is also shared among classmates is germs.
Executive Director of Teacher’s Supply Closet, Lynette Duggins, says, “We want to make sure the students are in class and the teachers aren’t getting sick either. We want everybody to be healthy.”
Some items to help prevent the spread of germs, like tissues and hand sanitizer, are not included in a classroom budget.
Duggins says, “Teachers, I know at the beginning of the year, ask them to bring it but it runs out so fast.”
Some families can’t afford to contribute supplies to the classroom, so often it comes out of the teacher’s wallet. That’s where Teacher’s Supply Closet comes in.
Duggins says, “It’s free supplies, totally free supplies.”
She estimates the average teacher in a Title I school spends about $700 on supplies for the classroom each year, so this group is working to ease some of that pressure.
Duggins says, “You would be amazed how they come in and get so excited about tissues and hand sanitizer.”
She says the tissues and hand sanitizer are flying off the shelves right now and there’s some things they can’t even keep in stock, like disinfectant wipes and spray because they are rarely donated.
News 2 reached out to Tri-County school districts. Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester District 2 all say the custodial staff stocks the school with anti-bacterial soap and uses disinfectant spray to clean the campus, but other items are left up to the schools.
If you would like to contribute to Teacher’s Supply Closet, they accept donation drop offs Monday through Thursday from 10:30 AM- 1:30 PM at 2731 Gordon Street, North Charleston. They are also always looking for more volunteers. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, click here.