INDIANAPOLIS - Many teachers spend up to $1,000 of their own money to get their classrooms ready each year, but one store that opened Monday will help teachers and students who need it most.
Rebecca Marsh was getting ready for her first full day of school Tuesday at Challenge Foundation Academy charter school.
Like most teachers, she was spending a lot of her own money to buy materials and supplies she needs to educate her kids effectively.
“There's kind of a joke that teaching is the only profession where you steal supplies from home to bring in, as opposed to stealing supplies from work to bring home," Marsh said.
A new study showed 91 percent of teachers buy basic school supplies for their students, which is why Teachers' Treasures is so critical to classrooms in Indianapolis.
The store offers free, donated supplies to Marion County teachers from schools at or above a poverty index of 40 percent.
Store officials said even when an item may be considered trash to one person, a local teacher may see it as a treasure.
"Someone just sent me an email saying they changed the company logo. That's paper, that's pens. We don't care if it has a logo on it, we'll take it,” Executive Director Barb Sweeney said.
Teachers pay a one-time fee of $25 which allows them to come and fill their carts once a month for the rest of the school year.
The store has partnered with Walgreens this year which will allow people to buy and donate supplies for Teachers' Treasures at any Walgreens store through Saturday Aug. 24.
More info: http://teacherstreasures.org/
Many teachers also use donorschoose.org, an online charity for teachers