A school supply drive sponsored by The Newark Partnership netted more than $5,000 in donations for local schools.

Newarkers donated $5,300 in supplies as well as another $500 in gift cards, according to TNP Executive Director Leann Moore.

On Monday, Moore distributed the supplies to Newark High, Gauger-Cobbs Middle, Kirk Middle, McVey Elementary, Maclary Elementary and West Park Elementary.

Now in its third year, the drive began when TNP heard that even though children receive supplies from organizations like churches, teachers didn’t receive the supplies necessary to teach, often spending hundreds of their own dollars on classroom supplies.

“We focus on what the teachers need versus what the kiddos need,” Moore said. “The kids are very well taken care of through the different local churches in the area, as well as a number of other nonprofits collecting book bags and things of that nature.”

TNP will also distribute baskets to new teachers in the area, including a desk mat, pen holder, stapler, tape dispenser and other items for setting up their classrooms.

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