Several companies that help Exxon Mobil products get to the pump amassed $100,000 to be divided among hundreds of teachers for classroom supplies, something many teachers often pay for out of their own not-so-deep pockets.
These Exxon Mobil-branded wholesalers gathered Wednesday morning at Claiborne Elementary in Baton Rouge to deliver a $100,000 check to Adopt a Classroom, the group tasked with getting supplies to teachers. Representatives of Lard and Brothers oil companies, as well as Circle K, all wholesalers, were on hand. Claiborne Elementary received some supplies Wednesday, including science kits.
Adopt a Classroom is soliciting applications from teachers in Baton Rouge who could use common supplies such as notebooks, pencils, writing paper and crayons. A total of 80 schools are eligible, ones with high levels of student poverty, and 126 classrooms at those schools have signed up so far, said Jacqueline De Berry, a spokeswoman for the effort.
De Berry said teachers have until the end of January to apply. Adopt a Classroom will then take the $100,000 and divide it by the number of registered classrooms to determine how much each teacher will receive. Those teachers can then shop online via the Adopt a Classroom website to order supplies, she said.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Adopt a Classroom says it’s common for teachers to spend up to $1,000 a year of their own money on classroom supplies.
The $100,000 came from 2 cents per gallon of fuel sold at local Exxon- and Mobil-branded service stations during November.