For the 6th Annual Year, Teachers' Treasures benefited from WISH-TV's Gr8 Paper Push, partnering with local businesses in Indianapolis to host supplies drives for Marion County classrooms. This year, with all the changes in what Back to School season looks like, varying across districts and in approaches, the drive was hosted virtually to raise money to purchase school supplies, and held more traditionally at a handful of locations accepting physical donations.
Teachers' Treasures was blown away by the support of the community, raising over $37,000 to buy supplies for teachers as they head back to school. While everyone has dealt with changes in the last year, we are still dedicated to obtaining and distributing classroom supplies to teachers of students in need. Check out the videos below that showcase how Teachers' Treasures is supporting teachers and the generosity of the sponsors of this year's Gr8 Paper Push!
To check out all the videos and coverage from the day, check out https://www.wishtv.com/community/wish-tvs-gr8-paper-push-raises-more-than-30000-for-teachers-treasures/
On Monday, July 13, WISH-TV’s Anthony Calhoun hosted his annual AC Charity Golf Classic, benefitting Teachers’ Treasures for the 6th year, at the beautiful The Club at Chatham Hills in Westfield.
An amazing line-up of supporters showed up for Indianapolis teachers and kids, including celebrity guests Tom Allen, Bill Brooks, Quinn Buckner, Tamika Catchings, Mitch Daniels, Ken Dilger, LaVall Jordan, Johnny Manziel, Graham Rahal, Andy Roddick, and more.
This year’s event raised a record-breaking $250,000!
We continue to be humbled by the incredible impact attendees continue to make on classrooms across our city. We also are incredibly grateful for the hard work, passion, and caring spirit of our friend Anthony Calhoun for putting together this all-star event each year. Thank you all!
March 31st officially marks National Crayon Day, a celebration of the favorite childhood tool of creativity and expression. Crayons are a pretty big deal at Teachers’ Treasures; every year we distribute thousands across our city and help make classrooms a little more colorful.
This year, we decided our entire community needed to be a little more colorful, so we’re spreading the cheer with a virtual celebration--and you’re invited!
Here’s how to take part:
BONUS: Enjoy our National Crayon Day 2020 Spotify playlist while you color and create!
Whether you’re entertaining students, finding activities for your kids, or just need an escape for yourself, we’ve rounded up some awesome free resources to fill the time.
This is just a small sampling of what’s out there. We’d love to hear the resources and activities you’ve found, as well!
November is officially here, which means the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is about to kick-off!
We've long teamed up with IMM for our Monumental Match-Up, giving teachers the opportunity to get more supplies for their classrooms with each IMM event registration. Some teachers take the challenge head-on, signing up for an IMM race event themselves!
We caught up with two of our teacher shoppers who moonlight as runners to learn more about their experiences both in the classroom and hitting the pavement for training.
Aigner Blade, Arlington Middle School
What inspired you to run the Monumental Marathon?
I was inspired to finally run a full marathon by many of the members of BGRIndy (Black Girls Run
Indianapolis). BGR a great, well organized Running Group comprised of women (of multiple races,
nationalities, and cultures) who run and walk many local races around the area and abroad.
How long have you considered yourself a ‘runner’?
I was a collegiate track athlete at Missouri Baptist University 2005-2009. I graduated, got married, and stopped running for child bearing (5 kids in all). I began running 5Ks and half marathons a few years after moving to Indy.
How long have you been a teacher?
I've been a teacher since May, 2009. I was hired the day of my college graduation to finish out a school year for a displaced teacher. This was in St. Louis, MO. I moved to Indy in 2011 and have continued teaching. Altogether that is around 10 years.
Do you feel there are any similarities between running a marathon and being an effective teacher?
INDEED! The training, the mental preparation, having the right tools and fuel, the mental toughness
needed during the hard parts, the support from family and friends and donors even, the leadership from a good trainer, and the love of the sport are all parallels. I could seriously write a book. The lesson I learn and that I am able to instill as a teacher, a runner and a track and field coach are endless. And may of them overlap: fortitude, endurance, honesty, learning from failure, avoiding distractions, setting goals, pacing yourself, beating and being your personal best, etc!
What is your favorite thing on the shelves at Teachers’ Treasures?
The pencils!! I believe that it's my students favorite thing, too. The never seem to return them. They
must love them as much as I do!
Kara Schaffer, Chapel Glen Elementary School
What inspired you to participate in the IMM Race?
I originally started running the 5K at the Indianapolis Monumental with Wayne Township Schools several years ago. When I turned 50 I decided it was time to challenge myself with a half marathon. I love that the course is flat and enables you to see the beauty of downtown. The perfect weather and atmosphere make it a race I look forward to every year.
How long have you considered yourself a runner?
I was on the track team in high school but after that didn’t really start running again until I hit 40. I still don’t always see myself as a runner but I am a member of Speedway Running Club. Their encouragement has inspired me to run more and get students involved in running as well. I coach 3 running clubs for students in grades 3-6 and am the distance running coach for Chapel Hill Middle School.
How long have you been a teacher?
I have been a teacher for 25 years in grades preschool – 3rd grade. I currently teach Kindergarten at Chapel Glen.
What are the similarities between teaching and running a half marathon?
There are several similarities: If you aren’t prepared, you won’t do your best. Each year you become stronger. Don’t let a bad day get you down, pick yourself up and try again. You feel such a sense of accomplishment when you finish the half marathon; this same feeling comes at the end of the year when you watch all the progress your students have made because of all your hard work.
What’s your favorite item at Teachers’ Treasures?
I am just so appreciative that Teachers’ Treasures has so many free supplies for my students to help them be better prepared for learning.
Any words of advice for first time teachers/runners?
Teaching and running are very similar. Take it one day at a time, set your own goals, don’t let others set your pace – find your own and excel at it. Find others that enjoy your passion for teaching/running and have fun together. Don’t be discouraged by tough days – we all have them (in the classroom and while running). My final piece of advice would be to wake up with a good “I can do it” attitude and you can accomplish anything.
We're excited to cheer Aigner and Cara on when the CNO Financial Group Monumental Marathon takes to the streets Saturday, November 9!
Want to rise to the challenge and be Monumental? Registrations are still available for the half-marathon, 5K, and kids run events. Sign up here, and don't forget to choose your favorite school to support via the Monumental Match-Up!
Want to be Monumental in another non-running way? We need volunteers to help us man the Teachers' Treasures water station! See open spots here.
Teachers' Treasures supports Indianapolis area teachers and students in need by distributing free school supplies through our teacher store. Learn more here.