Teachers surprised with free supplies, days before the start of the school year

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PEORIA, Ill. — With the start of the school year right around the corner, teachers across central Illinois are getting their classrooms ready.

On Monday, teachers at Roosevelt Magnet School in Peoria got a huge surprise that’s helping them save money on decorations and supplies.

A local business, The School House Express, is hitting the road, helping teachers stock their classrooms.

“It’s immeasurable, to have just that little bit of extra help,” said Heidi Pio, co-owner of The School House Express.

Pio and Nikki Cole brought their store’s mobile shop to the Roosevelt Magnet School.

“Everyday when we need something, usually we spend our own money. So it’s an awesome opportunity to get something like this at our school,” said first grade teacher Brittney Mishler.

They brought classroom decorations, games, and supplies for the teachers, all of it for free.

“We just got to go in with a bag, and take anything we want. which is just mind-blowing,” said first grade teacher Kelly Whitton.

Teachers at Roosevelt were shocked and grateful for the donation.

“What I just got in there is easily, like I probably got at least a hundred dollars worth of stuff,” said Whitton.

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Education, 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on their classroom.

“They spend thousands, they’re just amazing, the Roosevelt staff. I mean, the money they spend to support their classrooms and get the kids what they need, is incredible,” said Principal Cindy Clark.

Teachers say what they picked out will help students this school year, and make a big difference.

“It’s more fun to look at, its more engaging for them, and then they’ll learn better,” said Whitton.

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