School supplies from the annual Suddenlink/Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Teacher Supply Drive will be arriving at school offices around Flagstaff today.

This year’s drive collected about $10,000 to $12,000 worth of supplies from the public earlier this month, said Flagstaff Unified School District Relations Coordinator Karin Eberhard. That equates to about a pallet and a half worth of markers, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer, sticky notes, tape and pens and pencils. The drive also collected about $12,000 in cash donations from the Peaks Senior Living and the Hallmark Channel. That money will go toward purchasing additional supplies.

That’s about the same in total donations, cash and supplies that the district collected last year, Eberhart said.

The event has been going on since 2012 when Lori Pappas, who now works for the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau, started it at Suddenlink. A share of the donated supplies will go to four charter schools and all of the schools in the Flagstaff Unified School District.

Walmart usually donates most of the supplies and often produces prepackaged bags of supplies that donors can purchase. Swire Coca-Cola is in charge of making and hanging the banners, offers the use of a food trailer to sell hotdog meals during the event and a storage trailer for all of the donations. KAFF radio promotes the event. Prime Time, the Chamber, Flagstaff Unified School District and a representative from the local charter schools are in charge of gathering volunteers to help staff the event. FUSD also parks a school bus at the event to store donations.

The reporter can be reached at sadams@azdailysun.com or (928)556-2253.

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Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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