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A stimulating teacher discount

A+ Teaching Supplies gives back to help educators

Posted: February 13, 2009 12:59 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

McKenzie Furie, right, helps her mom, Kelly Furie, organize A+Teaching Supplies store on Soledad Canyon Road Wednesday.


Imagine students without paper to write on or teachers without a board or marker. The future looks grim for schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.

But A+ Teaching Supplies started its own stimulus program to pick up business and aid local teachers to get more supplies for their classrooms.

The store printed flyers to encourage the parents of Bridgeport Elementary School students to purchase store gift certificates for teachers.

Teachers already receive a 10-percent discount at A+ Teaching Supplies on Soledad Canyon Road and now with this new program in place, they will receive 20-percent off when making purchases with gift certificates.

Husband and wife Kelly and Russ Furie opened their store in Santa Clarita and said they are nervously awaiting the coming district budget cuts.

"I hear teachers talking in my store about how scared they are because they simply don't know if their job is in jeopardy," Kelly Furie said.

Schools are in desperate need of supplies for the students and teachers, but the district can only fund so much of what is needed. Many teachers are forced to go out and spend their own money to buy classroom supplies.

"We all need to work together to help - the entire community needs to give back, because these are our schools and our children," Kelly Furie said.

The Bridgeport PTA set up a program so 5 percent of teachers' purchases at A+ Teaching Supplies will be donated to the school.

"The Furies have been very helpful at PTA meetings to provide resources for parents," said Susan Bender, Bridgeport Elementary principal.

The Furies plan to meet with other elementary schools including Wiley Canyon Elementary School and Northpark Elementary School to inform the school officials about the program.

"The situation is becoming dire, they are running out of supplies for the students such as paper and markers," said Russ Furie.

"Everyone wins with this program," he added.


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