The new school year has arrived, but Stonewater Roofing first helped nine lucky teachers get the supplies they needed for their classrooms. It was part of the East Texas company’s annual #ClearTheList campaign, a push to assist underpaid educators by fulfilling their Amazon wishlists.
This was Stonewater Roofing’s third year helping out teachers. It was also the company’s largest school supply drop ever, hand-delivering books, games, pens, stickers and much more. Instructors ranged from elementary to high school and stretched from the DFW area to Longview. Winners were chosen randomly, and this year just so happened to include two ladies from Owens Elementary School in Tyler.
- Bonnie Carney, Holiday Heights Elementary School in North Richland Hills
- Regina Cooper Ahn, Bridgemark Center For Learning in Tyler
- Nicole Dickerson, Stanton-Smith Elementary School in Whitehouse
- Tracy Dingler, Bullard Elementary School in Bullard
- Sarah Galland, Velma Penny Elementary School in Lindale
- Stephanie Pearce, Pine Tree Primary School in Longview
- Amy Touchstone, Longview High School in Longview
- Risa Wasik, Owens Elementary School in Tyler
- Kayla Whiddon, Owens Elementary School in Tyler
The #ClearTheList movement started as a social media phenomenon. School districts simply cannot afford to buy all of the supplies needed for their classrooms. So, many educators started relying on the kindness of online strangers, posting their wishlists and sharing the registries on social media with the #ClearTheList hashtag. The campaign soon turned into a viral sensation.
“I’ve already spent a lot of money on my classroom, and there’s always more things to buy,” explained Dickerson as she learned that her list would be cleared. “There’s some things on there that we use every single day, like the paper and the markers, the things that get used up and we have to constantly buy.”
“I put so much into my classroom,” added Galland. “Not just money, but time and energy and just my whole heart.”
“If you teach with your heart first, more than anything, they’re going to remember that,” stated Touchstone about her Longview high schoolers. She said that many come from impoverished environments, and they deserve to have the same opportunities found elsewhere. “I feel like God put me in this position, at this school, for right now.”
Employees from Stonewater Roofing brought the overstuffed boxes of school supplies to the teachers before the new school year began. “We have come through probably the hardest year of our teaching careers,” said Carney, referencing the challenges that came about due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This last group of kids made it, and I’m so looking forward to this new group of kids.”