Schools Turn To Private Sector For Supplies

Trade Council Pairs Needs With Donors

December 30, 1991|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,Staff writer

The athletic department at Broadneck Senior High wants a new ice machine.

Germantown Elementary needs guitars.

Glendale Elementary would appreciate some indoor/outdoor carpeting, preferably blue, for one of its classrooms.

And down in Shady Side, teachers could use a Nintendo for a program designed to help disruptive, unmotivated elementary school boys behave.

By the time the county is finished paying for textbooks and erasers, there's not always much money left for the extras that can make a difference in the classroom.

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption with the story, "Schools turn to private sector for supplies," in yesterday's Anne Arundel County Sun misidentifies the executive director of the YWCA, Dolores Bail.
The Anne Arundel Trade Council asks businesses interested in donating supplies or equipment to call 757-6709.

That'swhat members of the Anne Arundel Trade Council found out after offering to fulfill the wish lists of schoolteachers and principals.

Atthe beginning of the school year, the trade council mailed fliers toevery teacher in the county, in conjunction with SPARK (Sharing People, Aid, Resources and Knowledge), a year-round umbrella program thathelps needy people in the community, said Carol Dreyfuss, trade council spokeswoman.

Since then, about 60 request forms have piled up in the chamber office. Officials say it's all they can do to keep up with the pleas for help, for everything from speaking appearances to big-ticket items.

Teachers and principals have asked for playground equipment, cameras, stage curtains and many, many computers.

"It's a matter of economics," Dreyfuss said. "We have lots of requests for things like furniture for the teachers' lounge. That's not a priority, but the need is there."

For the past three months, the trade council has listed the schools' help-wanted ads in its monthly newsletter, the Enterprise. A number of businesses have responded to the pleas.

Russell William Ltd. supplied Old Mill Middle School with Plexiglas; Chesapeake Construction donated a set of encyclopedias to Lothian Elementary; and the YWCA is preparing to give mimeograph and stencil machines to North Glen Elementary.

In addition, Computer Sciences Corp. has donated 10 photocopying machines, which the trade council will distribute to area schools.

But because the response has been limited, "this is probably going to need a little more individual attention, where we try to create some matches ourselves" by actively recruiting business people to give specific items, Dreyfuss said.

Another business group, the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce,has been running a similar program, called the Business Education Clearinghouse.

Executive Director Penny Chandler said the clearinghouse is now filling requests for the 1991-1992 school year.

An elementary school with open classrooms needs office dividers and one school has asked for a duplicating machine, she said.

She asks businesses interested in donating used office dividers or duplicating machines to contact her at 268-7676.

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