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Front Page - Friday, July 20, 2018

Torgerson Team sponsors Back to School Supply Drive

Donors can drop iems from the teacher-student wish list at Keller Williams Realty Downtown, 202 Manufacturers Road, through July. The office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Photograph by David Laprad

The Torgerson Team will be collecting in July donations of school supplies including sticky notes, EXPO markers, dry erase board cleaner, Kleenex, highlighters, pens, Clorox/Lysol wipes, paper, hand sanitizer, binder clips, pencils, Sharpie pens and paper clips. These much-needed supplies will be distributed to local teachers and students just in time for the new school year.

“Many families locally are struggling to make ends meet, and some of them are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective,” says Nathan Torgerson of The Torgerson Team at Keller Williams Realty. “In addition, schools across the country and just outside our door are facing budget cuts and lack of funding to purchase necessary supplies.”

It’s not unusual for the burden of purchasing these necessary classroom items to fall on the shoulders of our local educators, Torgerson adds.

According to The Education Market Association, almost all teachers end up paying for supplies out of their own pockets. In 2015, most teachers spent nearly $500 in 2015, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. In total, nationwide $1.6 billion in school supply costs fell onto teachers themselves due to families who could not afford them or school districts that did not allocate the funds for them.

“Last year’s school supply drive was so effective, and it was incredible to watch the community come together to help families who are struggling to afford school supplies,” Torgerson says. “And not only that but to see the impact your donations had for our local educators who are spending their own money in order to properly equip their classrooms and supplement the needs of these students.”

Supplies may be dropped off at the front desk of Keller Williams Realty Downtown, 202 Manufacturers Road, Chattanooga, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 – Linda Bryant