Chesapeake teacher talks about the need for Operation School Supplies


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A new backpack to fill with freshly sharpened pencils, colorful folders and markers is a right of passage for many kids at the start of the another school year.

For some, however, school supplies are not a given — and they have to walk into their first day of class empty-handed.

Lauren Perez is a Kindergarten Teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Chesapeake, and she’s been an educator for 17 years.


Perez only has about four students in her class every year who bring in school supplies. She has even had children who cannot identify a pencil.

Perez believes the school system needs Operation School Supplies. “It’s vital for the students as well as it is for the teachers. The kids benefit, the teachers benefit, the community benefits. It’s a wonderful, wonderful program,” she said.

The cost of essential school supplies and fees gets steadily more expensive every year. For families without the extra means, buying them simply is not possible.

That’s why we have asked you to join forces with us here at WAVY TV-10 for more than two decades.

Having the supplies they need for school is paramount for a student’s self confidence and it is one of the keys to learning in the classroom as well as at home. The bottom line: If they don’t have the tools, they can’t do the work.

The ultimate goal of Operation School Supplies is to make sure every student in Hampton Roads has a fresh start. They deserve a chance to grow and learn.

Today is the last day for Operation School Supplies, but there’s still time for you to help. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will be at the Office Depot on Greenbrier Parkway in Chesapeake from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Drop by to meet him, donate a few school supplies or purchase a pre-stocked bag. 

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