Kent County — Hundreds of teachers have received an average of $750 in school supplies thanks to nonprofit The StoreHouse, 4411 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, which runs a resource store for teachers.
Started by Jessica Johns, a former teacher, membership is available to schools that have 70% or more students qualified to receive free or reduced lunch. Full-time teaching staff members at schools can shop for classroom products once a school year. In addition, school administrators gain access to bulk building-related supplies.
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.