Drop and Shop event aims to help teachers and students with back to school supplies

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Miss Dameus is a first-time 4th grade teacher at Rolling Green Elementary in Boynton Beach.

She is alarmed by the amount of money teachers are spending setting up their classroom each year.

"I did not know the cost of being a teacher, I've heard some teachers talk about a thousand dollars, two thousand dollars out of their own pocket to just provide crayons and pencils."

From decorating walls to buying cleaning supplies, the dollars add up.

"I've had to lean on a lot of my colleagues to help me even put up some of the materials and to have extra markers and extra pencils."

 Right next door is Miss Slawnikowski's classroom. "I was lucky enough that my parents bought everything … when we added it up it came to about two thousand dollars"

The district helps the teachers, but not much. They only give them a hundred bucks a year for supplies.

More and more teachers are looking for help.

That's where CityPlace and a couple of local radio stations come in.

They took in school supply donations through the 'Drop and Shop' event.

DJ Dady Phatts of local radio station  X102.3 was out taking in the donations "We're taking all the donations, cash donations, school supply donations that people have dropped off to us, we're gonna' create a big huge store and on Saturday we're gonna' have the teachers go in and have a big shopping spree."

A simple donation, can really go a long way.

Slawnikowski is thankful for anything that can help her with her passion for teaching. "If I can just make a difference in one person's life, that's what really makes me happy at the end of the day."

The Drop and Shop event goes until Friday at 5 o'clock. If you're a teacher you have to register online before Saturday's event.

If you want to donate, paper, pens, cleaning supplies and Windex is still needed. The donation bin is right in front of guest services at CityPlace until 5 p-m Friday.

The shopping spree for teachers will be from 11 am until 4 pm at the Palm Beach Improv. It's first come, first served.

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