Tools for Schools! Studio Day! Celebrity Spelling Bee! At Schoolhouse Supplies the programs and events have names that are as colorful as the myriad of supplies that are collected and dispersed to Portland Public School students. After nearly a year of weekly volunteer duty I’ve found my service work there to be exciting, memorable and inspiring. As a retired ex-teacher and technical writer, I can’t think of a more appropriate way for me to “pay it forward” than to help the dedicated and industrious staff and crew of volunteers at Schoolhouse get millions of dollars worth of learning tools into the hands of kids who need them, and use them to prosper, create and succeed.
I started volunteering last summer when my sister-in-law Vicki, a longtime Schoolhouse volunteer, and my wife Judy told me that extra manpower was needed to stuff back packs for the Tools for Schools program. We spent long hours helping to stuff those packs with supplies, which were then ferried on pallets to students in need at various schools. This unique and innovative program matches student and teacher needs with area businesses who sponsor a school and provide free back-to-school backpacks filled with essential supplies to ensure that students begin their school year with valuable learning tools. (more…)