Brainerd Area News

Let’s Make Sure Kids Have The Supplies They Need At School

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My wife was an educator (she’s now retired), and I have relatives that are educators. They all talk about the love they have for their students and their profession. They also spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their students.

According to some of the latest statistics, 94 percent of U.S. teachers spend their own money on school supplies. The federal government reports the teachers spend an average of $500.00 on school supplies. Some teachers report spending as much as a thousand dollars. Teachers do this out of love for their students, and don’t ask for reimbursement from anyone.

Oftentimes, these supplies are shared by students who can’t afford their own materials. This year, because of the pandemic, students are not supposed to share materials.

That’s why we are asking for donations of school supplies for area schools. We’ve teamed with area schools and businesses to try collect a “busload” of school supplies for area kids and teachers.

You can find all the details on our ‘Stuff A Bus” landing page. Purchase what you can, and drop them off at our sponsoring locations; including: Cub Foods in Brainerd or Baxter, Todd Wright’s Country Financial in Pillager, Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company in Pequot Lakes, or 2 Tall Tavern, just off Highway 10 in Lincoln. Participating schools include the Brainerd, Pillager, Pequot Lakes, and Staples/Motley schools.

We are collecting school supplies through October 16th, but don’t wait. Let’s get these items to the kids as soon as we can…and thank you!