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ORAU to host school supplies giveaway for public school educators on Saturday, Dec. 9

Items include gently used office essentials, robotics kits and more

Just in time for the holidays, ORAU is hosting a surplus school supplies giveaway for K-12 public school educators from underserved schools throughout East Tennessee.

The giveaway event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, on ORAU’s main campus in the classroom located at 100 ORAU Way in Oak Ridge. All K-12 public school educators, especially those from underserved schools, are invited to participate.

“One of our most important missions is the support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators,” said Jennifer Tyrell, associate manager for K-12 STEM education. “We know not all teachers have access to the materials and supplies they need to teach their students, so when we found extra supplies, we decided we needed to donate them to educators.”

Items in the giveaway include gently used office supplies, makerspace materials and STEM equipment, including paper trays, file organizers, white boards, laboratory equipment and experiment resources, desktop scanners, laser pointers, VEX robotics kits, curriculum resources, wall posters, classroom treasure chest items and so much more.

“We have all been teachers,” Shannon Turner, project manager, said of the staff on the K-12 team. “We know what teachers experience, and we have all had to buy supplies out of our own pockets for our classrooms. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to give back to our fellow teachers.”

Educators considering attending the event are asked to fill out a brief survey.

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ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, provides science, health, and workforce solutions that address national priorities and serve the public interest. Through our specialized teams of experts and access to a consortium of more than 150 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local, and commercial customers to provide innovative scientific and technical solutions and help advance their missions. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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