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STEM teachers get free supplies for their classrooms

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance gave STEM teachers the opportunity to get free school supplies Wednesday. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance gave STEM teachers the opportunity to get free school supplies Wednesday.

Teachers in their program could stop by their STEM Shoppe Open House to start the year off right.

“The supplies I get today will last this whole school year, if not even into the next school year because we can use and reuse these things,” said Ginger Hendricks. “It’s a huge impact on me because my budget is very, very small and so to have this, it allows me to do a lot of opportunities I wouldn’t be able to do in my classroom without them.”

Hendricks has taught for more than 20 years. She currently teaches at Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy in Broken Arrow. She’s seen how things have changed.

“We had all the supplies we would need,” she said. “The schools were able to provide that for us and as years have progressed, especially as I switched over to teaching K-12 that inventory of supplies has drastically decreased.”

Emily Mortimer is in charge of the program.

“It’s really just a way to show teachers that they have a group of partners all across the community that are there to help them whenever they need,” she said. “Without supplies, they really don’t have the means to make that magic happen in the classroom so we want to make sure we eliminate that barrier.”

As well as other fears when it comes to the state’s budget affecting education.

“That is a huge concern for us,” said Hendricks. “The state needs to look and invest in our children, especially so they can stay and they can grow and they can be productive in Oklahoma and not leave our state and not have our teachers leave our state because we don’t have the supplies and the resources that we need.”

Flight Night funds this program. Community members and other partners help donate items.

If something isn’t at the STEM Shoppe, teachers can put the item on a wish list so the STEM Alliance knows to restock.

They have already sold out of items during Wednesday’s Open House.

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