Did you know that every year teachers spend money – lots of money! – out of their own pocket to buy supplies for their students?   Northampton County Public Schools (NCPS), School Board member, Nancy Proto, adds that “our teachers do this and more every year even though they are the lowest paid in the Tidewater Region.”

To help offset the cost of supplies needed each year for the Northampton County classes, please support the Virginia is for Learners campaign. This campaign, which is part of the Cape Charles “Summer of LOVE” event being held July 6 through August 24, is one of many events planned this summer in recognition of the 50-year anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers.

Here’s how you can help!  Purchase some of the supplies that teachers need and deposit them in one of the special Virginia is for Learners boxes.  Some of the supplies needed include #2 pencils, dry erase markers, 3-subject notebooks, glue sticks, tissues, and back packs.  For a complete list of supplies, email Cape Charles Main Street (ccmainstreettaa@gmail.com). with “Request List of School Supplies” in the subject line or visit www.capecharlesvirginiascape.com/love .    Readers will also find a list of supplies posted on the boxes which can be found in the following locations: Rayfield’s Pharmacy, Cape Charles Memorial Library, Brown Dog Ice Cream and Cape Charles Candy Store.   Items collected will be gathered throughout the event, stored and distributed to the Northampton Public Schools in the beginning of the school year.

Don’t have time to shop?  You can also make a monetary donation. To do this, visit the Northampton County Education Foundation website at www.ncedufoundation.com.  Click on “Donate” in the upper right cornerProvide “Donor Information.”  Scroll to “Direct My Donation” and click to access drop-down menu and click on “See My Selection Below.”  Type “Virginia is for Learners” in the space provided and complete your transaction.

Linda Schulz, Chair of the Northampton County Education Foundation, states that “it is the Foundation’s vision to help facilitate an environment where the communityincluding businesses, social organizations, parents and government entities continuously engage in efforts to ensure excellence in teaching and student learning in Northampton County Public Schools.  This campaign is very much in keeping with that vision.”  All funds collected through the Foundation for “Virginia is for Learners” will be used to purchase supplies for the Northampton County Public Schools.