SWARTZ CREEK — It’s a pretty well-known fact that teachers often spend their own money for classroom supplies.
This year, schools across the country are facing reduced funding stemming from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ease the financial burden, staff in the Swartz Creek Community Schools agreed to certain concessions that will be triggered in the event of deep cuts.
For one local mom, the staff’s willingness to make sacrifices for the students was a call to action.
Amy Sanford of Gaines Township is organizing a school supply drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at American Legion Post 294, 3440 Morrish Rd. Donors can check their individual schools’ supply lists to find out what is needed.
“Essentially, times are crazy, our teachers are always willing to make sacrifices and with school state funding at risk of being reduced, our amazing staff and faculty have stated they would take a pay cut to ensure our students are not negatively affected,” said Sanford. “However, each year they essentially take a pay cut by paying out of pocket for class supplies.”
To make matters worse, under the COVID safety guidelines, students cannot share supplies – meaning more supplies are required for students to have what they need to participate in class, she said.
“Our teachers should not have to bear this cost,” Sanford said. “We are a small community and whether we all agree all the time on all things, one thing is clear – we all want the best for our students. Doing a supply drive is a simple way to show our love and commitment to our students and our teachers.”
The supply drive is for the entire district and is called “Raise the Creek.” Information is available on Facebook.
Principles and administrators supplied wish lists for each school. The lists are compiled into one SignUp Genius list available at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aaaf2fa4f94-raise.
“We have volunteers that will sort the supplies by school and the district has offered to allow us to drop the sorted supplies at the warehouse and they will distribute them to the schools,” Sanford said.
The American Legion offered the use of their parking lot and pavilion for the event and Sign Gypsies in Linden is supplying huge sign for the front yard of the legion. Biggby coffee shop has offered to donate drinks for volunteers.
“Additionally, we have raised $300 of our $500 goal for those that don’t have time or means to shop,” said Sanford. “If we can raise $500, my family will match the donation amount and purchase $1000 worth of supplies.”
Organizers ask that those donating please approach the American Legion from the north and depart by turning right (south) to avoid congestion. Donations should be placed in the trunk or truck bed of vehicles and donors should stay in their vehicles. Volunteers will remove the supplies.
“No donation is too small,” Sanford said. “We have one goal: make Swartz Creek a district that cares about our students and staff. Let’s show them our love and commitment to be successful in life and that when a community comes together like we can – we can truly Raise the Creek!”