Winston-Salem, NC - July 31st, 2014
The Back-to-School Season has always been an exciting time for students and teachers, but due to nationwide public education budget cuts, teachers and students alike are feeling the pressure to purchase supplies they may not be able to afford. Tar Heel Basement Systems is excited to host school supply and clothing drives at both offices to give back to the community and help our children succeed.
Students in Need
Too many students each year hop on the school bus without backpacks, pencils, calculators, notebooks and other necessary school supplies. Starting the school year unprepared can lead a child to feel inadequate and lose confidence in their abilities. This can drastically reduce their ability to learn, grow and succeed.
Thankfully, the Back 2 School Festival of Watauga County will provide relief to children and families in need. With the help of The Children’s Council, Quiet Givers, WYN, Hospitality House, Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge and many other organizations, registered children will be able to attend the festival and receive the school supplies they need to start the year off on the right foot.
New clothes, shoes, and haircuts can also boost self-confidence, helping the kids feel that they are ready for a fresh start and a successful year. Knowing this, the Back 2 School Festival will also be handing out thrift store gift cards, brand new pairs of shoes and free haircuts. The entire event will take place in an atmosphere of fun, dignity, and respect.
How You Can Help
Tar Heel Basement Systems is proud to announce that they will be holding a school supply drive at both the Winston-Salem and Boone offices. A list of needed supplies can be found on their website, www.back2schoolfestival.org.
THBS will also be accepting any gently used clothing to be donated to participating thrift stores. For every three articles of clothing donated, these stores will donate $1 towards the festival. Gift cards to the thrift store will be given out based on the number of clothes donated.
Teachers in Need
Each year teachers pay around $700 out of their own pockets to pay for necessary supplies the budget does not cover. When their students cannot afford the many different class required supplies, the teachers must take on the responsibility of ensuring their preparedness.
To help ease this burden, Guilford County Schools, Guilford Education Alliance, and the Welfare Reform Liaison Project have worked together to open the Teacher Supply Warehouse. Located at 2601 Greengate Drive in Greensboro, it is a place where registered teachers across the area can come and “shop” for supplies to stock their classrooms with.
How You Can Help
Tar Heel Basement Systems will be holding a school supply drive at both the Winston-Salem and Boone offices to help stock the Teacher Supply Warehouse with the many items students need to learn, grow and succeed. A list of currently needed supplies can be found at www.GuilfordEducationAlliance.org/support/teacher-warehouse.
The school supply/clothing drives will be held from August 4-8. Please drop off school supplies and clothing at one of our office locations:
Winston Salem- 2910 Griffith Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27103
Boone- 206 Southgate Dr, Boone, NC 28607 (Next to Hunan restaurant near Walmart)