7/28/11 Classroom Closet has moved

Classroom Closet has moved
The Times-News 7/28/11     
Reprinted with permission.

  Alamance Citizens for Education has moved its Classroom Closet, which provides supplies that teachers in local public schools use for instruction and activities with students.

 The move was just next door to where the Classroom Closet opened in 2009 on Plaza Drive in Burlington Outlet Village – but into a bigger space.

 Allison Gant, Alamance Citizen for Education’s executive director, said the space is provided for free by Jim Anthony and Anthony & Company, which owns the outlet complex. Without donated space, she said, the effort to get supplies to teachers and students wouldn’t happen.

 The store is scheduled to open Aug. 2 so teachers can prepare for the 2011-12 school year. Teachers pay a yearly $25 fee, which allows them to visit the store four times during the school year. On average, Gant said, teachers leave with supplies and materials worth $300 to $400.

 With slightly more than half of students in the Alamance-Burlington system receiving free- or reduced-price lunch based on income level, Gant said, the supplies teachers receive are helping students whose families may struggle to afford what they need for school.

 Terri Stevens, Alamance Citizens for Education’s director of programs, oversees the Classroom Closet. It is open to teachers in the Alamance-Burlington system and to teachers in charter schools in Alamance County.

 The organization accepts both financial donations and donations of materials such as spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, filler notebook paper, colored pencils, crayons and children’s scissors.

 Along with people interested in volunteering, people who want to make donations or teachers who want to get supplies from the store can make arrangements by calling 336-438-2027.

 Teachers can go online to www.alamanceforeducation.org to find out how to register to use the store. On the home page, click on “Programs and Projects.” On the page that opens, click on “Classroom Closet.”