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Initiative adds tools for area classrooms through Share the Love
School supply drive through Feb. 14
Published Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:15 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Mathnasium is kicking off the Share the Love supply drive for classroom tools. The campaign runs through Feb. 14 with locations across the Charlotte area.

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School supplies often run out before the end of the academic year.

Mathnasium, a math-specific supplemental education franchise with locations across the Charlotte area, kicks off 2020 with their Share the Love supply drive to alleviate some of the stress placed on teachers. The campaign runs Jan. 2-Feb. 14. Centers across the state will collect and distribute items and donors can nominate teachers in need of assistance.

“There are school supply drives typically at the beginning of the school year,” Mathnasium of Huntersville center director for Amanda Burdi said. “Parents are donating to classrooms and other organizations are donating to classrooms, because it is the beginning of the school year, but we know through our communication with teachers, and I also have teachers in my family, that those supplies start to run out even before Christmas.”

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Burdi received emails from teachers as early as October sharing that their classrooms were running low on items like tissues.

“We have the new semester starting, particularly in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Burdi said. “There’s still more than half of the school year to go. With it being cold and flu season, one of the most common things we hear that teachers need are tissues and hand sanitizer. We want to keep kids healthy and in the classroom. As much as we can, we just want to help out as community members and help teachers who need those supplies, because again, they are running out of everything that was given at the beginning of the school year.”

Teachers often provide necessary classroom items, but it requires digging into his or her wallet.

“A lot of them are in the position to where they have to supply those things themselves, because it’s not supplied through the school,” Burdi said. “It seems like a good time of year to remind people that our kids still have whole other semester of school left, and our teachers need those supplies.”

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