Indianapolis Public Schools was honored to join the community in celebrating Teachers’ Treasures and its 16 wonderful years of giving.


Thursday night, supporters from all over Central Indiana attended the Dream Big reception at the Willows on Westfield to benefit Teachers’ Treasures, an organization that helps provide school supplies to classrooms.


“I love that this evening brings our corporate community and our education community together to raise awareness of the needs in our classrooms; it’s special,” said Margaret Sheehan, Executive Director.


During the celebration, Heather Hall, Vice President of Community Development for Sun King Brewing Company, received the 2016 Caring Spirit Award for her ongoing efforts to impact education opportunities, children and non-profits in our community.  We’re proud to say Heather is also on the IPS Education Foundation Board of Directors.  Through her work with the Junior League, she also supports Stephen Foster School 67 where she has committed $100,000 over three years, which includes building a food pantry.

Heather shared her appreciation for everyone in the classroom, as she previously spent six years in a classroom that allowed her to see how a school is so central to a community. She shared an analogy that compared the education system to that of volleyball in gym class. 

“Everyone backs up and says not me and points blame, we need everyone to say it’s mine and run towards it.  We need everyone to let these kids know that adults care, that we want to help the kids become successful.  I am no longer a teacher, but I can make sure students have what they need in a classroom.  I appreciate all of you celebrating this amazing organization (Teachers’ Treasures),” said Hall.


Teachers’ Treasures also recognized three teachers from across Central Indiana with Teachers of the Year awards for their extraordinary efforts in shaping young people’s lives: Teach like a Champion Award Winner Jake McDuffee from Perry Township Schools, Teach like a Champion Award winner Francita McMichel from MSD Warren Township and Teacher of the Year Winner Peggy McNell Owens from MSD Pike Township.


Thriving on charitable contributions from businesses, foundations and individuals, the organization works to offset the cost of supplies for teachers who often pay with their own money. Teachers’ Treasures estimates that on average, teachers spend $800–$1,200 a year on school supplies that benefit their students.


The organization also reports that approximately 2,400 teachers participate in the program annually. Since 2000, the organization has given away an estimated $40 million in school supplies; this year they’ve distributed $3,172,859 in supplies (and counting)! 


“It is so special to see a teacher when they come in for the first time; they are so happy to learn that all these resources are there for their classroom needs to create a better learning environment,” shared Stephanie Pemberton, Teachers’ Treasures Board Member.


IPS greatly appreciates the unwavering support of Teachers’ Treasures. For more information on donating or volunteering, click here.