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Teachers Needing Help Filling Supply Lists That Meet Safety Standards

Newburgh church creates Summer Teacher Appreciation Week and Amazon Wish List for tri-state teachers as they face an uncertain fall and different supply demands for the classroom than years past with new safety guidelines in place.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 6:42 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2020 6:43 AM

Across the Tri-State, teachers are facing an uncertain fall.


One Warrick County Church is stepping up to support them, creating a Summer Teacher Appreciation Week and a massive Amazon wish list.


"A hundred and sixty seven teachers responded,” said Newburgh United Methodist Church Family Life pastor Suzanne Juncker. “And it was overwhelming."


And the supply needs for teachers are different than years past.


"Extra masks for students, individual hand-sanitizers,” said Fairlawn Elementary School teacher Taniesha Rowe. “They can't share anything. So everything that we would usually have communal, would no longer happen."


For Castle North Middle School teacher Katie Taylor, it was her first year making a list.


“But with our unique circumstances, I've added some things,” she said. “Extra Frisbees, soccer balls, Kan-Jam, other outdoor activities that the kids can still do outside and safely and still get some exercise."


And while filling up classrooms isn’t cheap, it’s not the only thing that has teachers worried. It’s enforcing students to wear masks, making sure they stay socially distanced, all while trying to stay safe themselves.


"I have a compromised immune system so you know I'm facing that too, on how do I go back to the classroom safely with my students?” said Henderson County High School teacher Bob Sexton.


Another big fear: will there be another shutdown?


"No one really knows,” Rowe said. “This virus has been so hit and miss that you kind of just prepare for everything."


To donate to a local teacher’s classroom supply list, head to https://www.newburghumc.org/.

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