CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The volunteers at Classroom Central aren’t as busy as they want to be.
In fact, if you ask them, they’d tell you they aren’t as busy as they need to be.
There are bare spots on the shelves at the Wilkinson Boulevard donation site that teachers have come to over the years to get school supplies for their students in need.
“In kind donations are down. Part of it is that prices for school supplies are up, so people can’t get the amount they purchased last year to donate this year,” said Classroom Central’s Executive Director Jill Dineen.
Dineen and her team from Classroom Central, along with employees of Belk Department Store, distributed back packs and school supplies this week.
Every student at Montclaire Elementary School received a bag full of supplies including pencils, paper, marker, folders and crayons. Belk is a major sponsor of the non- profit organization, donating $70,000 to Classroom Central this school year alone.
Deangelo Hall and his friends took inventory as they went through their bags.
"An eraser, a pencil, a sharpener,” said the first grader.
Their smiles tell the story. Kids grateful for what they have and thankful for what they’re receiving. Teachers know it makes a difference.
"Part of the fun of school is getting new supplies. Markers, pencils, paper, so it’s very exciting,” said Montclaire Elementary School first grade teacher Lynn Wilson.
But the organization is concerned that as the school year continues, and the need grows, they will have to limit supplies to students and schools that need them. They’re asking for help from the community in the form of donations and supply drives.
If you’d like to help, or want to learn more, go to their website: www.classroomcentral.org.