Teacher Supply Depot takes donations for start of school

Teacher Supply Depot takes donations for start of school

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The free Teacher Supply Depot on North Cedar Bluff Road is stocking up right now just for teachers. The free Teacher Supply Depot on North Cedar Bluff Road is stocking up right now just for teachers.
"Prior to this, teachers were going out to hit the sales to get as much as they could out of their own pockets," said Scott Bacon, supervisor of business partnerships for Knox County Schools. "Prior to this, teachers were going out to hit the sales to get as much as they could out of their own pockets," said Scott Bacon, supervisor of business partnerships for Knox County Schools.
Allen Crisp dropped by Monday with some donations after a round of house de-cluttering. Allen Crisp dropped by Monday with some donations after a round of house de-cluttering.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Kids aren't the only ones making sure they have the right supplies for back-to-school. Teachers also want to be prepared.

Teachers need everything from materials for a creative classroom project to the basic pencils and paper they know some of their students can't afford.

The free Teacher Supply Depot on North Cedar Bluff Road is stocking up right now just for them.

"Prior to this, teachers were going out to hit the sales to get as much as they could out of their own pockets," said Scott Bacon, supervisor of business partnerships for Knox County Schools.

Donations to the depot come in from all over.

"We have individuals that bring things, companies, churches and civic clubs. We have businesses that hold supply drives for us," Bacon said.

There's very little the depot won't accept with open arms. 

"We don't take technology and we don't take text books," Bacon said.

Allen Crisp dropped by Monday with some donations after a round of house de-cluttering.

"Basically we had a little stereo we hadn't used in years so we decided to donate that, and then just some pictures and prints and some storage materials they can use for organization," Crisp said.

Crisp says he knows teachers can use all the help they can get.

"I've got a sister-in-law who's a teacher down in South Carolina. I know they work very hard on very small budget," he said.

Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The first give-away of this school year at the depot is Aug. 10. The staff expects up to 500 teachers will be there to pick up supplies.

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