Did you know that Norfolk Public Schools are something great? That despite the many hurdles our district and teachers face they continue to persevere and show up every day to teach and care for our children?
In our city are hundreds of dedicated, committed, and tireless teachers, staff, and administrators who spend all day with our children teaching them, shaping them, and meeting their needs. And did you also know that you are not helpless to support and encourage them? Here’s your chance!
I am a parent of two students at Granby Elementary School and I got the idea to wheel around a coffee and donut cart for the teachers and staff from the awesome PTA over at Willard Elementary. As you can imagine, it was an immediate success. The teachers were so thankful for such a small gesture of kindness and support. So, naturally, the idea grew. I thought, let’s offer a coffee and supply cart to other schools who would like one. Let’s spread the idea to other PTA’s. Let’s raise up and empower more community partners, parents, and residents who would like to be a reliable, committed, and supportive presence in our schools.
If you are a parent, a member of a church, a business owner, a resident of Norfolk, or someone who just want to love on our schools, you can partner with a local school and offer to support their teachers with a coffee and supply cart.
How it works:
- Load up a couple of cafeteria carts with the following:
Coffee, hot tea, cups, sugar, cream, napkins, stirrers and school supplies (ask the school which types of supplies they would need. It varies based on grade level.)
- Then wheel them around throughout the school. Knock on teacher’s doors, go through the office, visit the cafeteria and janitorial staff, and offer them a big thank you to go with their drink.
And it’s not very hard. If you’d like to start an NPS Coffee & Supply Cart at your school, just ask your school’s principal or PTA president if they have a need for one and if they’d like to start it. And get creative. Make it your own. Each school has its own special culture and needs, so be sure to tap into it by getting to know the students, teachers and staff.
There are many different ways to fund it at your school: through available PTA funds, local business and church donations, crowd funding with GoFundMe, and parent donations. Don’t be afraid to ask! For a school of approximately 50 staff, coffee costs can be approximately $60. That includes four coffee and hot tea totes, cream, sugar, cups, and stirrers from a coffee shop. Supply costs will of course vary, but plan for them to cost approximately $250 for basic supply needs (pencils, dry erase markers, crayons, wide ruled paper, and tissues.) But, again, get creative. Ask for donations. And if you do start a coffee cart at your local school, share your success. Take pictures and use the hashtag #NPSCoffeeCart!
This Friday morning there will be a coffee and supply cart going to PB Young Elementary School. If you’d like to donate to that cart visit its GoFundMe Page to place your donation. We’ll have coffee, a snack, and supplies to offer the teachers. It’s a great way for our community to stand up and show our teachers how much they are loved and appreciated. Together we can do this. We can care for each other and be the city that we want it to be.