Hundreds of educators flowed through the foyer area of the North Heartland Community Church in Kansas City, Mo. during their second annual teachers’ school supply giveaway event held over two days on Thursday, July 30 and Friday July 31.
Many events which featured free supplies for those headed back to school were in swing over the past few days with the first day of school right around the corner. More than 500 teachers from districts across the Kansas City metro area took advantage of the chance to grab essential items for their respective classrooms during this particular event.
“We wanted to invest in teachers,” event coordinator Shannon Horn said. “Needy students are pretty well covered with ways to get them needed supplies, but no one thinks of the teachers. Teachers on average spend $485 of their personal money on supplies for their classroom. We like to think of it as investing in 30 kids when we invest in teachers because teachers invest so much in our kids.”
For school age children and teachers alike, the end of summer is now firmly in sight as the first day of school is next week for most students in Platte County. The Platte County, West Platte and Park Hill school districts all begin classes on Thursday, Aug.13. North Platte students have a bit more of a reprieve with school opening Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Many teachers are already in their building readying their classrooms. Platte County held its new teacher in-services and training on Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 6.
Also already in the buildings are student-athletes.
The first allowable practice date from the Missouri State High School Activities Association was Monday, Aug. 3. Most teams were in action bright and early that morning preparing for their first game action. The first allowable game date is Monday, Aug. 24, although many teams will take part in preseason scrimmages, commonly referred to as ‘jamborees’ the week prior.