LAS VEGAS (Feb. 9, 2017) – CenturyLink and The Public Education Foundation hosted a “Spring Back to School” celebration today at the Foundation’s Teacher EXCHANGE, providing teachers in Clark County public schools with a complimentary membership to the Teacher EXCHANGE, a reuse/repurpose/surplus resource center that enables teachers to save hundreds of dollars annually in expenses for classroom supplies.
A 2013 study commissioned by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found, on average, teachers spend about $500 in out-of-pocket expenses annually on classroom supplies; many teachers spend much more than that to provide their classrooms with sufficient educational materials. It is estimated that nationwide a total of $1.6 billion is spent on school supplies by K-12 teachers every year.
In addition to providing teachers an opportunity to obtain much-needed education materials, the event also highlighted how the Teacher EXCHANGE is a vital, year-round resource for educators.
“Particularly in the realm of technological growth and advancement, education is the key to our country’s future. In the communities we serve, CenturyLink is committed to helping teachers and students get the tools and resources they need to succeed. We are proud to partner with The Public Education Foundation to assist those teachers that need this support and we encourage other local businesses to join us,” said Mike Jewell, director of network operations for CenturyLink.
“We are grateful for CenturyLink’s generous contribution to support teachers,” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation: “The Teacher EXCHANGE is an essential resource and, importantly, is a tangible reminder that educators are valued members of our community.”
More than 200 teachers from 100 schools RSVP’d within the first 24 hours to attend the special shopping event. Due to the overwhelming response, CenturyLink extended the offer to an additional 260 teachers.
Teachers who were present at the Teacher EXCHANGE today, and who were from schools with 70 percent or more participation in the free and reduced lunch program, also received a complimentary Classroom Pack courtesy of Yoobi. Each Yoobi Classroom Pack contains hundreds of essential tools that kids need to learn, including pencils, markers, notebooks, scissors, pencil cases and glue. The Foundation plans to hold similar events in the future.
About The Public Education Foundation
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