KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It’s hard to believe, but kids in Knox County go back to school in less than a month. For teachers, that means right now is the time to get classrooms ready for students, but it’s a task that quickly adds up.

Pencils, pens, paper, calculators and notebooks – that sounds a lot like a back to school list, and, in a sense, it is.

Those are just a few of the items teachers throughout Knox County go through on a daily basis. They’re also things that quickly add up when teaching a classroom full of students, which is why the Teacher Supply Depot got its start 15 years ago.

“We’ve seen almost every teacher in the county at least once or twice and they’ve taken away, according to them, more than 2 million dollars in school supplies,” said Teacher Supply Depot Secretary Karen Davis.

The donated school supplies help teachers grow their classrooms and their student’s minds.

“Whether it’s a science lesson or an English lesson or a math lesson, things that can help them help the children gain a little more perspective on what they’re learning,” Davis said.

The Teacher Supply Depot takes pretty much all gently used school supplies, but they said what they go through the most are the everyday items, like notebooks, pens and pencils.

“It may just be a couple boxes of glue sticks, but you don’t know what that means to the teacher and what it means to the kids in their classroom,” Davis said.

You can easily help out teachers and students in Knox County by dropping off new or gently used school supplies at WATE 6 On Your Side. Thursday, July 16 we will be hosting a Christmas in July from 6 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.

If you miss the Christmas in July donation drive, you can donate to the Teacher Supply Depot by simply dropping off new or gently used school supplies at 709 N. Cedar Bluff Rd. You can also call the depot at (865) 470-0750 for more information.