SALISBURY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A former teacher in Salisbury is getting results for fellow educators.
In the wake of school walkouts and rallies across the nation, one woman is making it her mission to provide for teachers.
"I saw the need in the community," said Rakiyah Reeves. "There's a need to help teachers as well as helping children."
Rakiyah Reeves has been an educator herself and knows the struggles that can come with keeping kids equipped in the classroom.
"I realize in Rowan County, there's a 55 percent poverty level," said Reeves. "And the teachers often have challenges to get resources to equip themselves and empower the students to learn."
That's why Reeves opened up the "Kid 101 Teacher Resource Center" in Salisbury in April.
"With 23 title one schools and a school system with 35 schools-- there's definitely a need to support teachers as well as students," said Reeves.
The center provides free school supplies to area teachers at title one schools.
"It pretty much equips teachers and empowers students," Reeves said. "Teachers spend anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a year for school supplies from their own salary."
Teachers can go to the resource center to get the tools they need to be productive in the classroom.
"We can make it better for teachers and students all together," said Reeves.
Teachers must sign up to get access to the resource center.
School supply donations and cash donations are always accepted. Teachers and students are encouraged to volunteer at the center.