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Teachers can get FREE school supplies through Four Peaks for Teachers fundraiser

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 08:48:57-04

TEMPE, AZ — Friday, June 28, is the last day for teachers to get a voucher for free school supplies through the Four Peaks for Teachers fundraiser.

Four Peaks Brewing Company has been putting on the event for nine years. The Tempe-based brewery teamed up with Treasures 4 Teachers, a donation-based supply store for teachers, with the goal to help instructors who regularly pay out of pocket for items in the classroom.

This year, organizers say they plan on giving out 6,500 kits to teachers, more than ever before. For the first time, the fundraiser is expanding beyond Arizona to help teachers in New Mexico and Nevada, as well.

This week, teachers can pick up a free voucher from one of several locations in the state. They will be given a specific date and time to return and pick up a box filled with school supplies.

Jessica Neill works as a teacher and instructional coach for the Laveen Elementary School District. She's been a teacher for a decade and says she's participated in Four Peaks for Teachers since the program started.

"Free school supplies, what's better than that?" Neill said. "A poor teacher just moving out here from Ohio. It was really great. I was really grateful for them to offer this to me."

Neill is one of thousands of teachers who've received a free school supply kit throughout the years.

"I would say depending on what you want, you can spend anywhere from $200 to $500 every school year on things you want for your classroom -- things you have to replace, maybe that the school can't provide to you. So having this opportunity to go home with supplies, you can dwindle how much you spend depending on what you get," said Neill.

Trevor Schultz, the general manager of the Four Peaks on 8th Street in Tempe, says he's seen the fundraiser grow drastically throughout the years.

"I think people have seen over the past years teachers' needs going forward so people are willing to open up their wallets a little more to help as much as they can right now," said Schultz.

Teachers can pick up their vouchers for free until June 28 at the following locations:

  • Tucson: Monsoons Tap & Grill; Trident III
  • Tempe: Four Peaks 8th Street Brewery; Treasures for Teachers
  • Scottsdale: Four Peaks Grill & Tap
  • Flagstaff: Majestic Marketplace
  • West Valley: Treasures for Teachers
  • Sedona: Oregano’s

Supply pick-up will be July 15 - July 17. Teachers may pick up the box of supplies at these locations:

Monday, July 15:

  • Tucson: Trident III, 4 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16:

  • West Valley: Treasures for Teachers Tempe, 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Tucson: Monsoons Tap & Grill, 4 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17:

  • West Valley: Treasures for Teachers Tempe, 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Tempe: Four Peaks 8th Street Brewery, 2 - 6 p.m
  • Scottsdale: Four Peaks Grill & Tap, 2 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 18:

  • Tempe: Treasures for Teachers Tempe, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Flagstaff: Majestic Marketplace, 5 - 8 p.m.

Friday, July 19:

  • Tempe: Four Peaks 8th Street Brewery, 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Scottsdale: Four Peaks Grill & Tap, 2 - 6 p.m.

Teachers who are unable to collect their boxes at the times listed on their vouchers will be able to pick them up on July 19 at Four Peaks 8th Street Brewery from 2-6 p.m.

All unclaimed boxes will be donated to Back 2 School Bounty and will be hand-delivered to schools across Arizona in need of supplies.

If you're not a teacher and still want to be involved, there are several ways you can help:

  • Buying beer: Throughout June, a percentage of sales of Four Peaks beer at Four Peaks pubs and participating retailers will be set aside for Four Peaks For Teachers.
  • Purchasing State 48 tees at Four Peaks locations (proceeds benefit Treasures for Teachers)
  • Participating in the charity raffle by purchasing $5 raffle tickets at any Four Peaks location. Raffle prizes include a custom Four Peaks cruiser bike, signed merchandise from Arizona sports teams, concert tickets, gift cards, and more. Raffle will run June 4-July 19.

Find out more on the Four Peaks for Teachers website or through Treasures 4 Teachers.