ATLANTA - Thousands of teachers lined up Thursday to get the school year off to a good start. They got free school supplies, and Channel 2 Action News was there as teachers came from all over the metro area.
For the sixth year now, Kroger gave away about $40 in free school supplies to every teacher that stopped by the Atlanta Civic Center.
"It's a good feeling to be able to receive. It's not enough for all the students in need. But it will help us along the way throughout the school year," said Boyd Elementary School teacher Mary Jones Durden.
Kroger representatives loaded up boxes and boxes of supplies to get ready -- more than $60,000 worth of items for metro-area
teachers, who say the donations will go a long way.
“We spend a lot of money out of our pockets to support the students in our classrooms every year; multiple times a year,” said
Camp Creek Middle School teacher Monica Madden.
On Saturday, Kroger will also be helping Channel 2’s annual Stuff the Bus
campaign. Hundreds dropped off book bags filled with notebooks, pencils and other items to help homeless children.
Students and teachers alike say they're grateful for the support.
“It shows that someone cares about what we do and they're willing to take the time,” said Grady High School teacher Thaddeus Roberts.
Donations for Stuff the Bus can also be made at designated Kroger locations.
Look for a large school bus and Channel 2’s tents at the following locations:
- WSB-TV Channel 2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.,1601 W. Peachtree St. NE .(Midtown)
- Kroger, Noon-7 p.m., 6555 Sugarloaf Parkway (Duluth)
- Kroger, Noon-7 p.m., 4880 Lower Roswell Road (Marietta)
- American Signature Furniture, Noon-7 p.m., 3755 Carmia Dr. SW (Store #2 Atlanta)