GLADWIN – As most people are aware, the funding needed to supply schools with all that they need is simply not there in most school districts. Gladwin and Beaverton are no different. Teachers often rely on donations and more often than not, must purchase classroom supplies for students using their own money.
In light of this, Saint Gobain in Beaverton saw a chance to fill a need and took it upon themselves to donate enough pencils for every student in the area’s public schools.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Andrea Lane dropped off the first delivery of pencils to Gladwin Junior High School.
Lane is the Human Resource Generalist for the Beaverton Saint Gobain plant. She will be delivering the pencils to each school in Beaverton, Gladwin, and Coleman. This is the first year that Saint Gobain has donated pencils. In fact, they originally didn’t have the pencil donation slated due to previous donations.
“We actually had to make an exception this year because we gave all of our funds to the Splash Park,” Lane said. She approached the plant manager and the extra funds were approved.
Each school will receive bags with enough pencils for each student in the school.
Gladwin Junior High School Principal Dave Mausolf gladly accepted the pencils on behalf of the school, and thanked Lane and Saint Gobain for the donation.
Donations like this help to fill a growing need. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nine out of ten teachers will purchase classroom supplies using their own money. And according to the Schools and Staffing Survey on average teachers will spend $459 on supplies for which they will not be reimbursed for.