Education

Community Rallies To Support School That Ran Out Of Paper

Donors from all over the country pitched in to make sure the students have what they need to succeed.


When an elementary school in Pittsburgh, PA came dangerously close to running out of paper last month, one of the staff members took to social media for help.

Katie Couch is the school counselor at Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School. Sto-Rox is a low income school district, covering the communities of McKees Rocks and Stowe Township. So when Couch heard the news that the school wouldn't have enough paper to finish out the year, she knew it would be a challenge to get more.

"I called Office Depot, I called Staples, I called a few different places and they told me to fill out a donor request form, which I did," Couch told Good Morning America.

Hoping for a quicker response, Couch posted to Twitter and explained the school's dilemma.

After Couch made the post, the donations started pouring in – local businesses, neighboring school districts and individual donors from across the country all wanted to make sure the students had what they needed.

"We even had an alum that graduated from Sto-Rox schools in 1952 drop off paper," Couch said. "It was amazing to see everybody come back in order to help the students."

"I felt really proud of the community and I felt really proud to help the students that I work with every day."

Along with plenty of paper, the school has received hundreds of boxes of tissues, snacks and boxes of brand new art supplies – all of which are much needed and will be put to good use.

After Couch's Tweet, the school started getting boxes of donations from all over the country. Katie Couch/Facebook

"We have a lot of donations from people that are saying, 'From one teacher to another' or 'From one former educator to another,' It's incredible," Couch said.

"I think we've gotten over 300 boxes of tissues alone, which is amazing because that's really going to help our classrooms."

Since Sto-Rox is a low income district, funding for new supplies is often hard to come by. This is a harsh reality that Couch is happy to bring attention to, and she urges people to learn how their communities' schools are funded, especially with local and national elections coming up in most areas of the country.

"Sto-Rox schools don't have a strong tax base like other districts. At the end of the day, we fall short because we have to think about the necessities," the school's principal, Heather Johnston, said. "Do we pay for lights? Do we pay for books? Or do we pay for paper? I think it just came to that point this year, because the bills are piling up."

Kudos to Couch for bringing awareness to the issue and helping her students get the supplies they need to succeed.

How can you start something good?

You can help the school get more supplies by making a purchase from the Amazon Wishlist set up by Couch.


You can also go to donorschoose.org and type in 15136 to support other projects in the Sto-Rox district.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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