HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Teachers have a very important job. Sometimes, it turns into an expensive one too. Teachers often have to dip into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies. The non-profit organization, Free2Teach, wants to help alleviate some of that financial stress. WHNT NEWS 19 visited the group’s resource store in Huntsville to see what they have to offer and to Pay it Forward.
It’s like an educator’s paradise. Glue galore, pens, pencils, and a plethora of paper. There are books, binders, calculators, even sanitary and clothing items. And that’s just scratching the surface. All of the teaching tools are available at no charge.
“What we want people to know is that any teacher in the public school system, whether it’s Huntsville, Madison County or Madison City, they’re welcome to come,” says Eula Battle, one of the Free2Teach founders.
Battle says teachers spend a lot of their own money on students.
“The research says that most teachers will spend up to about $1,500 a year,” says Battle.
With budgets tight and teachers having personal needs of their own to fulfill, Battle says consider coming to them.
“This is just a way to help them and in turn, they can help their students,” explains Battle.
Battle says the teacher resource store is the first of its kind in Alabama. The goals are to enhance instruction, help children in need, and boost morale.
“We want teachers to know that the community is behind them and that they support what they do,” says Battle.
Speaking of support, the volunteer run, donation based non-profit could always use some itself. WHNT NEWS 19 surprised Battle with $319 in cash.
“This is great! We will make good use of this,” says Battle. “This is so awesome and I just appreciate it so much because we will pay it forward and make sure the teachers get what they need.”
Teachers are allowed to shop every other month. There is a limit, but Battle says they usually get supplies worth several hundred dollars, each time. If you’re a qualifying teacher and want to take advantage of this resource, register here.