Teacher's supply closet in need of donations during tax-free holiday

{}By Ava Wilhite

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) - A local nonprofit is hoping the tax-free weekend will mean more donations of school supplies as teachers and kids get ready to head back to school.

Tax-free weekend is the one time of the year where a pack of pencils will cost back-to-school shoppers 47 cents at Walmart.

"It allows parents to go out and shop for school supplies to get ready for back to school, but most importantly they don't have to pay those taxes," said Dominique Milton, the assistant chair of the board for the Teachers Supply Closet.

The nonprofit is dedicated to providing school supplies to teachers at schools with a high poverty rates.

"We have a basic list of items like composition books, pencils, crayons, markers, scissors basic things that children need," said Milton.

Milton says the supply closet exists to help curb the cost of the average classroom.

"On average, most teachers spend about $2,000 to $3,000 out of their own pockets, and on a low salary that's a lot of money," said Milton.

Milton said those beginning of the year supplies run out quickly which is one reason why they give teachers the opportunity to shop twice.

"A lot of people allow students to get free supplies at the beginning of the year, but we shop for students all throughout the year. So, twice a year teachers can shop at the Teachers Supply Closet. So we need supplies all throughout the year," said Milton.

Donations will be accepted at Teachers Supply Closet between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The nonprofit is located at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Suite 11.