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South GA teachers sweat it out for free school supplies

Leah Ewing Leah Ewing
Marisol Griffis Marisol Griffis
Hannah Peverill Hannah Peverill
Priscilla Hillson Priscilla Hillson

Teachers stood in the scorching heat for hours in Valdosta Tuesday to get school supplies.

"Do you see this line? We are here for the kids," said teacher Leah Ewings, cheering, as she stood in line waiting her turn to get free school supplies.

More than three hundred teachers from as far away as Leesburg were waiting in line at Second Harvest in Valdosta when the Teachers Harvest Kickoff event began at nine.

"This is such a positive thing they're doing for the community because it's really all about the kids and giving them supplies that, sometimes, they're not able to afford for themselves," Ewing said.

Teachers were able to stock up on everything from folders and paper to pencils and erasers. "It's great," said teacher Marisol Griffis. "It's less stressful than having to go and beat the Walmart prices and all the crowds at the store, too."

But, event coordinator Hannah Peverill said the one item that teachers were most looking forward to were the Yoobi Boxes. Because of the high demand though, the boxes were only being given to teachers of Pre-k through 3rd grade.

"It's full of 30 markers, 30 colored pencils; enough for a classroom. 180 pencils, 60 glue sticks, little mini pencil sharpeners," Peverill explained.

Yoobi sells its school supplies at Target, and every time someone buys one of the supplies, for example a pack of pencils, Yoobi donates another pack of pencils to go into their Yoobi boxes, which are then donated to organizations such as the Kids in Need foundation.

The Kids in Need foundation is where Second Harvest gets the majority of its supplies donated from.

"It is a very good stress reliever. Now, I don't have to pay as much out of pocket in order to get the school supplies," teacher Priscilla Hillson pointed out as she stood in line.

A sentiment that was echoed from the back of the line all the way to the front.

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