New school supplies program expanding its reach

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A non-profit that provides free school supplies is expanding its reach. 

Classroom Central says a new pilot program is very successful.  The organization held its annual fundraiser breakfast Thursday morning at Bank of America Stadium. 

There they released preliminary numbers for the pilot program, which kicked off in January. 

The program gives teachers in 17 CMS schools the opportunity to test drive an online ordering systems that delivers supplies directly to schools in need. 

The idea was developed after some teachers said they had a hard time making it to Classroom Central's supply store. 

So far, nearly 2,000 teachers have their online system.  They supplies ordered are valued at more than $60,000. 

 Executive Director Jill Dineen Scott says school supplies are vital. "School supplies are a fundamental, basic, tangible need. 

They help students come to school and feel prepared.  And psychologically it make a difference in terms of their approach to academics, it make a difference in terms of their achievement."

The results are preliminary, the final report is due in May.  Starting this fall, the next step is to serve more CMS schools.

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