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Free Store Interview: Mother’s Day Edition

May 12, 2013

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re talking with one of our favorite moms for the Free Store Interview. Stacey Messina is a mother to one-year-old Henry and an artist, and generously donated an original drawing and a gift certificate to our Teacher Appreciation Raffle.

SLG_5144_smWho is a teacher who inspired you creatively as a child, and how?
My art teacher Mrs. Lemak inspired me to unleash my talent in so many mediums. Her classroom was like an art store: charcoals, watercolors, acyrlic paints, clay, plasters, chicken wire… all types of paper to doodle on.  My favorite time in her classroom was decorating our school christmas tree for “Christmas in the Park,” which was a friendly school competition in downtown San Jose. We would come up with the most elaborate themes like “Carousel Tree.” It was amazing.  She helped us create 3D lifesize carousel horses surrounding the tree.  She really showed me that any creative idea can become realized.

What was your favorite school supply as a student, and why?
There is something wonderful about the smell of Crayola scented markers. Yum. I have always loved to color and markers were my favorite because they were so bold!  Sometimes  I would pry open the end of the markers and snip off a piece of the felt insert to put into an Elmers Glue bottle.  I would let it sit in my top opening desk and shake it up everyday.  Eventually it made colored GLUE!  Too cool!

What inspires you to want to support Schoolhouse Supplies?
If there is anything I can do to help kids out I want to do it. It’s so incredible that a simple supply donation helps kids feel good about themselves and get excited about learning. To this day, picking out my new art supplies is so much fun and inspires my art. Nothing is better than a fresh pack of pencils that need a good sharpening.  Cheers to creating and the supplies that make it all happen.

Free Store Interview: Peter Rossing

April 26, 2013

Throughout the month of April, we’re partnering with Bank of America to Stock Our Shelves. In honor of that, we’re inviting some of our most passionate teachers, volunteers, and supporters to talk about school, supplies, and some of the key areas… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight – Elliot Oblander

April 15, 2013

Elliot, a new volunteer from Franklin High School, has jumped right into supporting the Free Store for Teachers. Elliot easily switches back and forth between detail-heavy data entry tasks to greeting and supporting shoppers at the Free Store for Teachers…. Read more »

Great Food For A Greater Cause

June 19, 2012

You have a chance this Sunday to both try delicious food and support Schoolhouse Supplies at the same time.  Join us Sunday, June 24 at the Fremont Whole Foods for a Tasting Fair to benefit our Free Store from 4… Read more »