During this critical ‘Back-to-School’ season and throughout the year the generous financial support of Thunderbirds Charities, enables 1,250 teachers and 37,500 students from Title 1 schools in metro Phoenix to benefit from the delivery of essential school supplies. The colorful T4T on Wheels van carries education resources to educators and kids who continue to have a growing need for education basics.
Supporting teachers is critical because they are the most front-line impact drivers for our community’s growing students. “Teaching is the one profession that teaches all others,” says Barbara Blalock, Executive Director of Treasures 4 Teachers. “Where would we be if we didn’t have a teacher to educate and inspire us?” Thunderbirds Charities helps to honor educators who are dealing with rising costs and an increasing student opportunity gap.
Treasures 4 Teachers has always been available to educators all over the state, but we often hear that they cannot access the essential supplies they need because of time, money, or distance. This year each truckload of free school supplies will be delivered directly to Title 1 schools, serving an average of 50 teachers and 1,500 students in one trip. Most students in Title 1 designated schools live in low-income households and are less likely to be adequately equipped with the supplies they need to learn. The T4T on Wheels mobile program provides a solution to this problem while also alleviating the financial pressure many teachers feel when having to purchase their students’ basic supplies with their own money.
This grant is part of the Spring 2023 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.