With the start of school this week for a lot of Georgia schools, our program, Kids In Need (KIN), opened their shopping floor last week to teachers across Atlanta. KIN, a year-round free store for educators, provides learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. Teachers come in by appointment and have a set time to shop in the store. They can find anything from pens, paper, notebooks, poster board, toilet paper--you name it for a classroom, it's probably there.
For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. There is absolutely no cost to teachers or schools.
We currently serve elementary, middle and high schools in Atlanta Public, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Gainesville, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Henry County, Marietta City, and Spalding County school systems.
We had the chance to talk to a few teachers last week--some having come for years to KIN; some their very first time. Check out the video and see what they have to say about the need for school supplies and KIN.