Chesterfield Co. public schools reaping benefits of recession

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Each year Chesterfield County public schools sends its teachers shopping at its warehouse full of donations. And despite the recession, the district is raking in supplies but it's much more than paper and pencils.

"It's a free store for our teachers. We accept donations from small businesses, large businesses, community groups and individuals," said Chesterfield Co. Public Schools Spokesperson Shawn Smith.

And this summer they're receiving a lot more stuff.

"We have been receiving a lot of different donations from businesses who've made difficult decisions to maybe downsize or maybe even close," said Smith.

Although The Martin Agency isn't going anywhere, Chesterfield resident Oliver McCutchen wanted to do his part.

"It really was a result of us working to be able to affect the community and a way that helps us recycle our products," said McCutchen.

The company is donating mahogany desks, filing cabinets, shelves and tables.

What do you think about the teacher who's going to end up with that mahogany desk? "I think she's going to love it. I think it'll make a huge impact in her class," said McCutchen.

"The most requested items from our teachers are going to be the poster board, the paper, the generic items like pens, pencils and markers," Smith said.

I don't suppose you use Crayolas? "Actually we do. We have Crayolas, a lot of art supplies and we have a lot of stationary," said McCutchen.

"The only thing we don't accept is food and clothing," Smith said.

All donations are tax-deductible and teachers will get their hands on them next month. They've already worked a jet-ski and restaurant equipment into their lessons.

"At first glance you may not think how can it be used in the classroom. But our teachers will come in here- they'll look at an item and come up with a really creative idea," said Smith.

For information on how you can donate, call 276-7407.

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