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South Georgia teachers surprised by donated supplies

Teachers at Jerger Elementary are surprised with donated school supplies Teachers at Jerger Elementary are surprised with donated school supplies
Second Harvest of South Georgia Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall Second Harvest of South Georgia Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall
Gifted Teacher Faith Shiver Gifted Teacher Faith Shiver
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Many families in South Georgia can't afford all the school supplies their children need.

With school budgets already strained, some teachers end up spending money out of their own pockets.

But one new business wants to help. 

Students at Jerger Elementary School got a huge surprise this afternoon.

New school supplies that were donated to help restock their classroom's shelves. 

Second Harvest of South Georgia's Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall said, “We are distributing these to the teachers.  We got about 1,300 of these classroom packs.” 

McCall went from classroom to classroom surprising teachers with this gift.

It's part of their Teacher's Harvest program, making sure students have what they need to succeed. 

Gifted Teacher Faith Shiver said, “Quality materials, as well as free. And when you put that together, you just can't be happier.”

It all started when Teacher's Harvest was approached by a new California-based company called Yoobi.  

The company sells school supplies in stores such as Target.  

For every Yoobi item purchased, the company donates one item to the classroom pack.

Each one of these packs is full of school supplies that teachers say students run through the quickest during the school year. 

McCall said, “Many of the families that we help through our food bank programs and our Kid's Cafe program, they also can't afford to supply school supplies.  So the burden falls on the teachers to make up the gap.”

And it's not just about exciting the students.

McCall said, “It's like watching your children at Christmas. It's just an overwhelmingly positive response because all the teachers are so grateful.”

Teacher's Harvest now serves 30 counties around South Georgia.  

First through Third Grade teachers can stop by their location in Valdosta to pick up a classroom pack of their own.  

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