NAMPA -- A community effort is underway to fill in some big gaps in the wake of the Nampa School District's financial troubles. An accounting error left the district over $4 million in debt.
Now the district is making cuts and that means schools supplies are running short in many classrooms.
The Nampa Schools Foundation, which is separate from the school district, is launching a campaign called Supply Our Students, to help fill some of the funding shortfall.
On Wednesday, the parking lot at the Nampa Civic Center will serve as a gathering place to drop off much-needed donations for schools in Nampa.
"Usually at this time of the year our supplies are full from head to toe, and you can see, this is just a fraction of what we usually stock," said Greg Heideman, assistant principal of Lone Star Middle School.
Heideman says his supply closet is no different than the supply closets at other schools in the district.
"Teachers are crimping and saving. A lot of teachers are using their own money because they know we don't have the resources," said Heideman.
With the district's $4.3 million budget shortfall administrators were forced to cut $270,000 from the budget. That's $300 for each of the 900 classrooms in the district.
With such a large gap - the community is now stepping in.
"Politics aside, mistakes aside, we can't let a year go by in a child's education with not allowing them to learn to the best of their ability," said Marie Baker.
That's why Marie Baker with the Nampa Civic Center is jumping in to help run a community-wide campaign to get student supplies into the classroom.
She's doing this - not because she has kids in the district - but because it's her community.
"What we're really doing is asking the entire community to step up, because as a community, as you say together, we make light hands, and we can get this done," said Baker.
And that's welcome news to parents like Lara Erekson who has two girls that go to schools in the district.
"I think that's what so neat about this community, is we're the type of community that we want to help where we can, and this is a problem that's not going to be solved over night, and it's important for us to do what we can" said Erekson.
Here's how this is going to work:
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday anyone can drive by the Nampa Civic Center and drop off donations.
There will be a big yellow school bus to direct people.
They even have businesses donating items as well.
The Nampa Schools Foundation, the organization collecting the donations and money, is a non-profit. They say the donations will only be used for classroom and teacher supplies.
Here's a list of the most needed supplies:
- Composition notebooks - not spiral
- Glue sticks
- White & Color copy paper
- Construction paper
- Expo Dry Erase Markers
- Loose-leaf paper
- Poster board - white & all colors
- Laminating Film 27" wide x 500 ft.
- Manila folders
- Sheet protectors - 8.5 x 11