CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - “We support one another but to have a place like this that says ‘Hey we support you, come get what we have to offer’ is extremely rewarding."
About $500-$1,000 per year, that’s how much Classroom Central says teachers spend out of pocket on classroom supplies. Greg Meitus works with Classroom Central, a local non-profit that collects and distributes free school supplies to teachers at six surrounding school districts.
“Teachers usually shop here a couple days a week, on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and we’ll do one Thursday a month," says Meitus. “But this week we’re shopping every day and when the teachers come in you can see the shops decorated with superhero theme because we consider teachers to be superheros.”
“It’s tremendous. It means that it’s one less thing that I have to reserve money for," says Carla Isaac, a teacher, for Allenbrook Elementary. "I can just come here and get goodies for my students and fellow teachers and it just makes everything run a little bit smoother at school.”
Meitus says during Teacher Appreciation Week they hope everyone takes a moment to think about a teacher that has had an impact on their life. For him, it was his high school drama teacher Mrs. Johnston.
“I was a little bit of a shy kid in highschool," says Meitus. "But once I started doing plays and theater getting on stage, it really brought up my self confidence.”
Meitus says just like with him, teachers leave everlasting impacts on people’s lives every day.
This week, Classroom Central is asking you to us the hashtag #HonorYourTeacher on social media and share why you want to appreciate teachers or highlight a teacher that has impacted you.