Project Teacher receives $1,200 Helping Hand
It's no secret how much our teachers do for our kids. Often times they do that using their own money. Project Teacher is an organization trying to help.
On the outside, the Wichita School District building that houses Project Teacher can be easily overlooked.
On the inside, you find a store specifically stocked with school supplies for teachers.
"Teachers are heroes and we wanted to create something that really valued the teachers in our community. They do way more than teach our kids," said Terry Johnson, Director and Founder of Project Teacher.
Johnson started Project Teacher in 2014 as a way to give more community support for Wichita area teachers. To date, he and all the unpaid volunteers have helped more than two thousand teachers. Teachers like Morgan Salazar who spends upwards of $500 a year of her own money on supplies for her students.
"Yeah, it's a lot of money," Salazar admitted.
On this day she left with $250 worth of free supplies.
"Teacher supplies are tough to come by when we have to buy them ourselves, so when we hear free supplies for our kids, you want to jump on the opportunity when you can, so this is just amazing to have this opportunity," said Salazar.
Emily Kasper is a second year teacher, and making her first visit to Project Teacher.
She says between her and her husband, who is also a teacher, they spend upwards of $800 of their own money. She left with about $500 worth of free product.
"This has been an amazing thing for our community, especially with how many teachers are here. It's not just my kids, it's the kids in our community that are getting all of the resources they need to be successful in the classroom," said Kasper.
"We want to equip teachers to empower students so we can change our community. We like to say if we can't see our community changing, we're failing in our mission, but we're starting to see our community change," said Johnson.
Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers recognized what Johnson and the other Project Teacher volunteers you're doing. That's why we surprised him with a $1,200 Helping Hand.
"That's amazing," said Johnson. "I mean that's going to go a long way. That's $150,000 of school supplies that we can bring in, so that's amazing."
Johnson says they have deals with companies where they just need to pay for shipping, then they get the supplies for free.
When he met with Dustin DeVaughn, he already had an offer for free supplies that would cost $1,188 dollars to ship.
"Terry, thank you for the great things you're doing for Kansas teachers and the kids of our community," said DeVaughn. "Yeah, thank you so much. This check will be used to equip more teachers to empower more students in our community," said Johnson.
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