Utica, N.Y. - After a year like no other, in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Compassion Coalition of Utica hosted a teacher supply drive-thru giveaway Thursday afternoon.
“Because of the pandemic I wanted to do something a little extra special for teachers this year,” said Rachel Daughtry, Compassion Coalition Director of Agency Relations.
This is Central New York's first-ever elementary teacher supply drive-thru giveaway that served 260 local elementary school teachers and provided goods for 7,800 students in Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties.
Compassion Coalition's "Equipped 2 Teach" program partnered with Yoobi and Chobani yogurt to help educators.
“Each of the teachers receive a box for 30 students. In the box is everything that’s essential for elementary teachers: scissors, glue crayons colored pencils, hand sanitizer. We know that local students are being impacted and nobody has done anything like this for local teachers, so this is wild it's so fun,” said Daughtry.
Fellow teachers and others volunteered to pass out much-needed supplies.
“Normally teachers are always spending their own money on school supplies for the kids and this just helps relieve some of that pressure especially with it being such a tough year. The teachers are so appreciative,” said Gina Buono, eighth grade English teacher.
There is another giveaway on Friday visit here for more information.