Friends of Adaire resorts to creative way to help school

Vo­lun­teer group cre­ated on­line re­gistry where teach­ers list sup­ply needs and any­one can pur­chase for the school them­selves. 

Al­ex­an­der Adaire School in Fishtown has been run­ning out of ba­sic sup­plies, such as pa­per. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BETH GIL­BERT-CROW­ELL

By Ali Eaves

Star Man­aging Ed­it­or

About halfway through last school year, Al­ex­an­der Adaire School ran out of pa­per.

It’s not as though school of­fi­cials could just buy more—there was no more money. 

Sadly, this has be­come com­mon­place in the last two years, Prin­cip­al Jenette Oddo said. Like many Phil­adelphia pub­lic schools, Adaire reg­u­larly runs out of pen­cils, pa­per, folders and oth­er ba­sic sup­plies—not to men­tion pri­ci­er items such as cal­cu­lat­ors.

The school has had to re­duce the num­ber of par­ent news­let­ters that it sends out simply be­cause there isn’t enough pa­per to print them on.

“These are such ba­sic things that teach­ers are usu­ally buy­ing them­selves,” Oddo said. “It’s very sad that it can’t be provided for by the dis­trict.”

Friends of Adaire, a vo­lun­teer group that formed late last year to sup­port the K-8 school at 1300 E. Palmer St. in Fishtown, came up with a cre­at­ive way to help: they made a wish­list on Amazon. It’s a re­gistry where teach­ers can list their sup­ply needs, and any­one can help with a few clicks and a few bucks. 

Since the Amazon boxes have star­ted ar­riv­ing, “the cli­mate of the build­ing has def­in­itely taken a pos­it­ive turn,” Oddo said. “Teach­ers get these little Amazon boxes that show up every day and they want to know who it’s for. It’s like Christ­mas.”

Items on the wish­list range from a four-pack of glue sticks for $2.40 to a case of pa­per for $39.99. 

“It’s an im­me­di­ate way to help,” said Beth Gil­bert-Crow­ell, a mem­ber of Friends of Adaire. 

Oth­er Friends of Adaire ini­ti­at­ives in­clude an up­com­ing school beau­ti­fic­a­tion pro­ject and co­ordin­at­ing more vo­lun­teers for lunch­time, start of day and dis­missal.

To get in­volved with Friends of Adaire, vis­it friend­so­fa­ To buy an item on the wish­list, vis­it the web­site and click on the “Friends of Adaire Wish­list” link. ••

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