A New Home for Companies to Classrooms

Taylor Holt
Updated: May 16, 2018 10:54 AM

It's been a change of scenery for the volunteers at Companies to Classrooms Duluth, that they are still getting acquainted to. 

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"We were a little bit nervous but we were real careful to tell the teachers that we were moving," said Mary Streufert, Board Chair of the organization.

The company moved out of their old location that they were renting in Lincoln Park earlier this year, and are now located in the Historical Central High School building at 215 N. 1st Avenue East in Duluth.

"It was good because it was time for us to find a different place," added Struefert.

It's a difference that was a challenge at first but has come with benefits.

"One thing (benefit) is that the teachers are often in the building for other meetings or coming to pick up different things so it's very convenient for them to shop," said Struefert.

The new space is also centrally located with greater access to needed resources, making their jobs easier. As a retired teacher who used to shop at the store, Manager Carolyn Schroeder knows the struggle of buying school supplies.

"Families are so strapped right now. We looked through our list in Duluth of what the school supply lists are for just an average classroom and it was anywhere from a $65 to 75 value per child," said Schroeder.

This school year from August through March, they've had 575 shopping trips where teachers took 7,900 items worth more than $3,000 for area students.

"Teachers can come in once a month shop for 15 free items and that means a bag of ten glue sticks or a box of 12 pencils," Schroeder added.

All the items are donated, and those donations are important, so they're asking for the community to continue to help them help our teachers and students.

"(We are asking) when people are cleaning out this Spring, if they would think about us and anything that a classroom teacher can use, we will accept," said Schroeder.

People can visit the Companies to Classrooms website for information on what can be donated and how else they can help out.

Items in high demand:

  • tape,
  • whiteout,
  • cash donations,
  • paint,
  • staplers and staples,
  • tennis balls,
  • toys 
  • white boards. 

Items they don't need:

  • Adult books
  • CD's, tapes, DVD's
  • Envelopes
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Holiday decor
  • Household items
  • Puzzles
  • Stamps, pads
  • Textbooks


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