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Carver Academy principal asks for supplies

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The time has nearly come for eastern Iowa students to head back to school.

However, this year, community members are donating more than ever to help send children back to class with all the right tools.

Every year we hear stories of community groups donating school supplies to students in need, but this year, George Washington Carver Principal Stephanie Mohorne, decided to ask donors for supplies for all her students.

Back-to-school season is the second busiest time of year in retail, right behind Christmas.

Instead of parents stressing over school supplies for their children, Carver's newest principal Stephanie Mohorne reached out on Facebook to ask for help.

"It's more than I could have even hoped for. People who are our partners in education and businesses and other individuals, but also other people who aren't our partners saw this need, and they said, 'Hey, how can I help?'," Mohorne said.

Right away, area congregations and other donors, like the Waterloo Black Hawks, asked how they could help.

"It's great to be the one making the donation and actually bringing it out to the school, but it's our fans who really made it happen," Tim Harwood with the Waterloo Black Hawks said.

So far, a few people have decided to drop off their donated items at Carver Academy, and supplies include everything from paper, notebooks, folders, highlighters and even ear buds.

Educators say they're so excited, because it'll be a huge relief for parents, students, and teachers.

"I'm still getting Facebook messages every day, and people are asking, 'Is there anything else you still need for your kids?' People are just overwhelmingly responding," Principal Mohorne said.

From musical instruments to athletic clothes, Principal Mohorne knows there are added costs to send children back to school, and she's relieved all 535 Carver students attending this year will have the basic supplies for class.

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Because if it wasn't for our community of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, we couldn't do this for our kids," Principal Mohorne said.

According to educators, more than $25,000 in supplies were donated to Carver Academy.

However, educators say there's still a need for donations to other schools in the district.

If you'd like to donate, you can drop off supplies at the Education Service Center at 1516 Washington Street during regular business hours.

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