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Teacher Supply Depot Celebrates Unprecedented Donations

This summer, two unprecedented donations—both related to the Tennessee Education Lottery—were made to the Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot to support education in Knox County.

The Tennessee Lottery Powerball prize announced in June is the source of both recent donations. As announced by the Tennessee Lottery in June, the Powerball ticket connected to the “largest jackpot in Tennessee Lottery history,” almost $260 million, was sold at Kroger, 6702 Clinton Hwy. The retailer received $25,000 for selling the winning ticket and later generously donated the earnings to the community, including $5,000 to the Teacher Supply Depot.

“When we heard we had sold the winning ticket, we started talking about using our commission to support some local non-profits in the Knoxville community,” said Melissa Eads, marketing and public relations manager for the Kroger Nashville Division. “We were thrilled to be able to support five local charities including Teacher Supply Depot. We know that many students return to school without the supplies they need, so we hope that this donation will help teachers take care of many of those needs.”

Another surprise donation for the depot was soon to follow. Mr. Roy Cockrum, winner of the almost $260 million Powerball prize, graciously donated $15,000 to the Teacher Supply Depot in July.

“My sister is a retired teacher and school administrator so I am very aware of the personal sacrifices teachers make to run their classrooms,” Cockrum said. “I pray this gift will be a blessing to the teachers and to the students you serve.”

“We simply cannot thank Kroger and Mr. Cockrum enough,” said Scott Bacon, Supervisor of Business Partnerships for the Knox County Schools. “With these donations, the Teacher Supply Depot will be able to provide more free supplies for our teachers than ever before. It might seem like a small thing to help teachers equip their classrooms, but these generous donors understand that supporting teachers can lead to enhanced educational opportunities for students. And preparing our students for their futures supports our community.”

The Teacher Supply Depot provides Knox County Schools’ teachers and others with new and used classroom materials at no charge. Since the depot is driven solely by donations, it is a unique way for local businesses and community members to partner with the school system to provide material support to teachers. All donated materials are used to enhance instruction and promote student achievement in the classroom. In its 13 years of service, the Teacher Supply Depot has benefited more than 10,000 Knox County Schools’ professionals and has provided an estimated $2.6 million worth of materials made possible through the support of local businesses and community members. Located at 709 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., the Teacher Supply Depot is a joint venture of the Knox County Council PTA, Knox County Education Association and Knox County Schools.

Points of Contact at Knox County Schools are
Melissa Ogden, 594-1905 or
Amanda Johnson, 594-2972 or
Excellence for All Children
Twitter: @knoxschools@KCSpartners