FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Residents of The Towne House in Fort Wayne, some of them former educators, are honoring teachers at nearby school.
Residents of The Towne House are hosting Holland Elementary School teachers for lunch in the retirement community’s dining room and presenting them with $12,000 total in gift cards to buy supplies for their classrooms.
What began as a tutoring program with a few students in 2009 has grown into the Holland Elementary Teachers Fund, where residents contribute financially to help teachers buy classroom supplies.
Holland is a Title I school, meaning more than half the students qualify for reduced or free lunches and assistance with book fees.
Because many students come to school without needed supplies, teachers often spend their own money to help.
Thirty-one teachers and five staff from Holland Elementary are expected for the fourth annual luncheon.
After lunch, The Towne House residents will present gift cards to each teacher for them to use to purchase school student supplies or teaching resources.
“This is completely a resident-driven initiative and illustrates the heart of our community,” Towne House Chaplain Doug Vogel said.
This year, 64 residents donated $10,000, BHI Foundation contributed $1,000, and United Supply Teachers’ Store contributed $1,000.
BHI is a charitable foundation that provides grants for community projects that improve and enhance the quality-of-life for BHI communities’ residents while also making them good neighbors.