This week the WALLY team was in Portland celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month with Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland. The team was volunteering at the Free Store, helping Portland teachers find supplies they needed for their students and classrooms.
Our favorite part by far was engaging with the teachers and watching them as they picked out new supplies. Can you guess the most popular item? Much to our surprise, it was disinfecting wipes! Teachers were beyond excited for all the goods they could find, but nothing was more important than the disinfecting wipes. With such a high-demand for this item, we definitely had to work hard to keep the shelves stocked! We also had the opportunity to help run the Schoolhouse Supplies prize wheel, which was popular among the visiting teachers.
To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month, PEMCO is sponsoring a sweepstakes just for teachers. Eligible teachers can enter each day to win a $500 shopping spree for new supplies for their classroom! It was amazing to hear how far $500 could go in school supplies. And to make the sweepstakes even more exciting, PEMCO is donating $5, up to $5,000, to Schoolhouse Supplies for every entry, which will help Schoolhouse Supplies keep their shelves fully stocked of all the necessities for Portland students and teachers.
Interested in donating? Schoolhouse Supplies is most in need of the following items:
- Reamed copy paper
- Tape dispensers
- Post-it notes
- Pencil sharpeners
- Rubber bands
- Push pins
- Dry erase markers/boards
- Index cards
- 3-Hole punches
Donations can be dropped off at Schoolhouse Supplies, located in the lower parking lot of Madison High School at 2735 NE 82nd Ave. Portland, OR 97220.
The WALLY team had a great time celebrating teachers and helping Schoolhouse Supplies. Check out our events calendar to see where we'll be next!