ALLOT Initiative supports teachers with free supplies
Dozens of public school teachers in El Reno received free books, teaching tools, classroom supplies and other resources through the ALLOT Initiative at El Reno-Wesley.
The ALLOT Initiative, which stands for A Lot of Love for Our Teachers, is an effort to reduce, and hopefully one day eliminate, out-of-pocket classroom expenditures of El Reno Public School teachers.
In addition to hosting annual back-to-school events where teachers can browse through a free store in the church, the initiative also manages a Facebook page where teachers can make special requests and be encouraged by teacher-related memes.
In August 2018, ALLOT helped 43 teachers, 15 of which were first-year teachers prepare for back-to-school. Those teachers obtained supplies and books with a retail value of almost $6,000. This year, ALLOT served an estimated 70 teachers, including 27 first-year teachers, with supplies with a retail value of just under $8,000.
Since its launch in October 2016, the store has outgrown its original location and moved to a larger space in El Reno-Wesley. The initiative also received two awards from El Reno Public Schools: the Lamplighter Award in 2017 and the Service Award in 2018.