Teachers can stock up on donated flu-fighting supplies

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The worst flu season in years is making sanitizing classrooms even more of a priority for eastern Iowa teachers. And one nonprofit store that stocks donated school supplies is offering some extra help.

Students at the Transition Center help pack up cleaning and other supplies for teachers on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)

A total of 250 bags of flu-fighting supplies like tissues, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial wipes will get handed out by the Teacher Store, 606 5th Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids. Teachers usually spend “Teacher Bucks” they earn in various ways, including volunteering, for the items stocked there. But to fight the flu, the giveaway on Tuesday and again Thursday will be free.

Linn Area Credit Union, the Teacher Store sponsor, and Mercy Medical Center teamed up to bring in supplies to give out to teachers by the box load.

With the flu hitting harder now than in past years, many teachers have burned through the cleaning and anti-bacterial supplies they buy out of their own pocket to keep classrooms clean and prevent viruses from spreading.

Organizers figured with many classrooms running out, running a collection of essential supplies for teachers was a good idea.

Lora Vana of the Linn Area Credit Union said “teachers really pay for these supplies out of their pockets because this isn’t typically supplied by the school district. They’re running low on supplies like Clorox wipes. So the Teacher’s Store is a great resource for them to come and get these supplies.”

Students in the Cedar Rapids School District’s Transition Center volunteered to sort and pack the supplies for teachers.

Teachers can pick up supplies between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Tuesday and the same time on Thursday.