Derby church holds school supply drive to help teachers

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From Play-Doh to markers to clothespins, Rachel Horn has spent $170 for her classroom just this week.

"I could probably spend $1,000," she said.

Horn is teaching K-2 autism at Franklin Elementary this fall.

"I want to do a good job, and there's a lot of preparation involved," Horn said.

Not only will her students require special materials, like Popsicle sticks and pompoms, but Horn is also a first-time teacher.

"There really aren't a lot of resources, especially if you're new to the district and don't have people who you can network with," she said.

Since she doesn't have supplies she can recycle from past years, and with her principal only able to giver her a $150 budget, Horn worries she'll have to pay for a lot out of pocket.

That's where Pastor Rick Wheeler comes in.

"Teachers love their job and they love their kids. So whatever they need to do, they will do," Wheeler said.

His congregation South Rock Christian Church in Derby is holding a school supply drive, specifically for teachers like Horn.

Community members are asked to donate supplies or money by next Friday, Aug. 1. Then teachers can come by and pick out what they need.

"On the national average, a teacher will spend between $400-600 of their own money," he said. "In our church, we have a lot of teachers. So this is pretty firsthand to us. We see that, and they have told us in the past about that--the need for help."

For more information on the South Rock Christian Church's school supply drive, you can call: 316-788-5503.

The church's effort is part of a larger movement to ease the financial burden for teachers. In Wichita, the effort is called "Project Teacher."

For more information on "Project Teacher," you can visit: www.projectteacher.org


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