By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 24, 2017
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Second Harvest of South Georgia kicks off it's 4th annual Teacher's Harvest with more than 1,000 local public school teachers.
The large crowd set a new record for it's first day, after only seeing around 600 last year.
Monday, hundreds from across 30 surrounding South Georgia counties continued to line up outside the Second Harvest warehouse.
Many teachers drove over an hour to Valdosta, but say it's all worth it.
"Pens, pencils, papers, and markers," says Lori George, a teacher from Pearson.
She says those are several things many teachers need to refill before the new year.
Donated supplies were neatly stacked and lined up for the event, which organizers say helps in the fight against hunger too.
"Children that succeed academically and graduate from high school are much more likely to be able to provide for themselves," says Eliza McCall, with Second Harvest.
Everything at Teacher's Harvest is free of charge for public school teachers.
They say it takes a huge burden off local educators.
"Last year, I spent about a thousand dollars and that was because I was just getting started," says Brittany Decosta, a teacher from Coffee County.
"Over the last four years, it's saved me over a thousand dollars," says George. "It's been a wonderful resource."
Each person grabbed a shopping cart to fill, then packed the supplies into their car.
"You forget about the things in your buggy, so you're excited for when you get home and when you spread it out in your classroom. It's much more exciting," says George.
Teacher's Harvest will continue until Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will reopen Saturday, Aug. 5.
They say stock will vary throughout the week.
For more information on the event, you can visit their website by clicking here.