We are excited to announce the launch of The INK! Podcast! Check out our first episode hosted by INK! supporter Ian MacDonald and INK! Operations and Student Programs Director, Jim Wheeler, featuring Deb Croft and Becky Cromwell from The Bailey Group.
In this episode, Ian and Jim speak with Deb and Becky about the Tools 4 Schools program. Tools 4 Schools is a community-based classroom supply initiative that seeks to reduce the out-of-pocket expense for educators and ensure that both teachers and students have the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. In the summer to prepare for each school year, INK! and community partners host an annual countywide school supply drive. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to participate by becoming sponsors for drop-off locations, donating supplies, and volunteering to help sort and distribute materials to teachers.
At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, INK!’s Tools 4 School program reported record numbers of supplies delivered to teachers in every public school in St. Johns County. INK! filled and delivered nearly 1,400 teacher-requested orders of school supplies and materials with a total a value of $84,891!
The Tools 4 Schools program is made possible by annual donations from supporters including Publix, Staples, and The Bailey Group as well as local businesses that host collection drives including Ameris Bank, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Community First Credit Union, Northrop Grumman, Solar Stik, SouthState Bank, the St. Johns County Tax Collector and VyStar Credit Union.
The Bailey Group’s longstanding support of INK! and commitment to the Tools 4 Schools program began in 2007. In 2012, The Bailey Group and INK! established the Bailey group Resource Depot providing a permanent location for the Tools 4 Schools operation and year round storage for collected school supplies. Learn more about The Bailey Group’s involvement in INK! and the Tools 4 Schools community-wide school supply initiative by tuning into this episode of The INK! Podcast.
Interested in supporting Tools 4 Schools? Learn how you can help ensure that our teachers and students have the tools needed to be successful this school year here.