Did you know that 94% of teachers spend their own money on school supplies?
It’s true. So we’re trying to help. For nine years, Four Peaks has partnered with customers, retailers, and teachers to distribute free kits full of the supplies teachers need to educate their students. This year, our goal is to hand out 6,500 kits to teachers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Jess Neill, a teacher and instructional coach for the Laveen Elementary School District, has participated in Four Peaks for Teachers since the program’s inception nine years ago. She says the program is vital—especially for new teachers.
“First-year teachers legitimately have nothing,” Neill says. “They don’t realize they need things like staplers, or scissors, and their school districts might not provide them.”
Part of why Four Peaks for Teachers is so great, she says, is because the kits that are donated come with those things young teachers assume they’re automatically given. And the costs of those items add up. Neill says that she spent $1,000 on supplies during a nine-month period early in her teaching career, and though the school district she’s in currently is much better about providing equipment for teachers, she still spends hundreds of dollars a year on extra supplies for her students.
Want to help?
Anyone interested in supporting Four Peaks For Teachers and its goal of providing school supply kits to teachers can contribute to the program by:
- Purchasing any Four Peaks beer from one of our pubs or a participating retailer. A portion of sales throughout the month of June supports Four Peaks For Teachers.
- Purchasing special State 48 tees at Four Peaks locations (proceeds benefit Treasures for Teachers).
- Purchasing $5 raffle tickets at any Four Peaks location. Prizes include a custom Four Peaks beach cruiser, concert tickets, signed Arizona sports team merchandise, and more. 100% of your donation will go toward purchasing school supplies for teachers in need.