Your pen runs out of ink, and you realize it’s the only one you have. It’s when you turn the last page of your notebook and there’s still 30 minutes left in the lesson plan. Or how about when all the only crayons left in your box are the just the yucky colors. Who can draw a rainbow with that?
Most people can just go to the store and buy what is needed when they run out. But for many students, the tools to make learning possible aren’t always accessible. All children deserve the opportunity to create, learn, and participate. Teachers know how important it is. Often times, when students don’t have the tools, and classroom supplies are depleted, teachers restock through their personal funds.
“Every year’s different, but each year we definitely have to reach into our pockets to make sure every student has the tools they need to be successful,” stated Brandon Penn, BCPS Teacher of the Year. “We are dedicated to our craft and that dedication comes with lots of projects, and lots of consumable items. Parents go out and shop for supplies at the beginning of the year, but unfortunately those supplies run out.”
So on December 19, 2018, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools announced its newest initiative, The Exchangeree, a teacher resource center for Baltimore County Public School teachers. The Ribbon Cutting Celebration for The Exchangeree, was made official by the Foundation, joined by businesses partners, organization representatives, news media and members of the school district who participated in the launch.
“Students are our future leaders, influencers, innovators, thinkers and entrepreneurs. They are going to be leading our country one day, so we need to make sure they are equipped with what they need,” stated Ms. Deborah Phelps, Executive Director of The Education Foundation of BCPS. “And a pencil may seem very easy, but a pencil is very important too. At The Exchangeree, we have pens, pencils, notebooks, scissors, rulers, art supplies, binders and more for our Baltimore County Public School teachers to share with their students in need. The best part of all, only one thing is missing, a price tag.
Mr. Tim Bojanowski, President of the Foundation and of Zest Social Media Solutions stated, “Anyone who really has an ability or an interest in supporting this, is going to be welcomed with open arms.”
The Grand Opening of The Exchangeree will take place on January 30, 2019 when doors will be officially open to the BCPS community, where they can view the center, network and share in conversation. The first shopping date is schedule for February 13, 2019. Additional shopping dates thereafter will be provided. Registration will be required to shop at the resource center. Teachers will be able to register online through The Education Foundation’s Web site after the 1st of the year 2019.
We thank all those who were in attendance at the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for The Exchangeree and look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2019.
Happy Holidays to our generous community.