Extra gift cards to benefit several Pasco teachers' classrooms
Pasco County's August Stuff the Bus event, aimed at collecting extra school supplies for teacher classrooms, had some unexpected results.
The organizers received way more crayons than participating teachers requested, for instance, while other items such as dry erase markers and three-ring binders were in short supply. At the end of the day, though, more than $1,300 worth of gift cards from shops including Staples remained, of more than $6,000 collected.
The United Way handed the gift cards to the School Board this week, and asked the district to distribute those.
As a result, the 155 teachers who volunteered time to be eligible for the supplies now have the chance to get more of what they asked for. The district sent an e-mail to each one, asking what they got and what they needed from their supply lists, noting that the remaining amount couldn't cover everything and the requests would be granted first-come, first-served as funds permit.
Already, 40 teachers responded, asking for the colored pencils, index cards, Sharpies and other items that didn't come in the first round. The district is using the gift cards to buy those.
As for the extra crayons, they were divided equally among the district's Title I schools, which serve the highest percentage of low-income students.