Kroger donates loads of school supplies for SCS Teacher Toolbox - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Kroger donates loads of school supplies for SCS Teacher Toolbox

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Teachers were given a no price tag shopping spree Monday thanks to donations from Kroger. 

Kroger filled Shelby County Schools' Teacher Toolbox, a free classroom store for teachers, and teachers said the gifts are more than just paper and folders.

Teachers packed their bags as quickly as Kroger employees unloaded boxes. 

"We would have to purchase (supplies) as a teacher to have for them (students)," Raleigh-Egypt Middle School teacher Taneida White said.

Teachers loaded up on folders, notebooks, glue, markers, and other school supplies at the SCS Teacher's Toolbox.

Teachers could grab pre-packaged boxes from Kroger and a list of other donated items. 

This is the first time the Teacher's Toolbox will remain open all year for teachers to come and get what they need. With each item picked up, the teachers said it results in a child better equipped to learn.

"We want to utilize whatever has been given to us by Kroger and other organizations to help," Kingsbury Middle School teacher Brian Collins said.

Collins, a 7th grade teacher, said not having school supplies is sometimes the number one reason students struggle in the classroom.

"It alters how kids feel about school and it makes my job a little bit harder," Collins said. "A lot of my students don't have pencils or paper."

By giving things such as pencil, papers, and folders, teachers said it creates a better environment for the students to learn.

"Puts them all on the same level playing field when they are coming into the classroom," White said.

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