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DULUTH - Every year, parents send their kids off to school with their
bags packed full of a list of basic supplies, but for some it's a list that
keeps on growing.
"Students feel good about the first day of school. They
come with all that energy and optimism and to have the supplies that other kids
have is really important," said Mary Beth Kjolhaug, director of operations
for Companies to Classrooms, Duluth.
That's where “Companies to Classrooms, Duluth” comes in.
It's a newly created non–profit determined to serve the area
by distributing excess goods and supplies from local businesses back into the
"Everybody's got junk and I don't mean junk, I mean
good stuff. We repurpose and reuse a lot of stuff that would go in the
landfill," said Mary Jo Jauert, executive director of Companies to
The co–founders, Mary Jo Jauert and Mary Beth Kjolhaug, say
schools have little or no budget for supplies, meaning teachers often foot the
"They're spending their own money out of their own
pocket to buy things for their classroom and for kids who can't afford it,"
Teachers will be able to shop once a month, grabbing up to
15 items off the shelves. The non–profit is looking for donations and volunteers to
help operate the store because its future is based on the community's support.
Jauert said, "I mean the sky's the limit and if we get
so many products in and so many donations and we have to move into a bigger
place that would be ok too."
Companies to Classrooms, Duluth, plans to open Dec. 4.