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BARBARA BLALOCK: So, I witnessed a little girl, third grade, go up to the teacher, ask the students to get out a piece of paper and a pencil.
On screen: Barbara Blalock, Founder & Executive Director, Treasures 4 Teachers
BARBARA BLALOCK: And the student walked up to the teacher, and she handed her — her shoe. Teacher smiled, and she handed her a pencil. So, after class, I asked her, hey, why did she have to give up a shoe for a pencil? And the teacher said, I don't have enough pencils, and this way, I know I'll get it back because she won't leave without her shoe. And that day, I just knew I needed to do something. I needed to do something even if it was on a small level.
MITCH MATTHEWS: Right.
BARBARA BLALOCK: I just needed to do it. So I started collecting items in my garage, and going out to teachers that needed pencils or markers or crayons. And the next thing I knew, my garage was overflowing. And one thing led to another, and now we're in 20,000 square foot space where we're providing not just pencils, but you can see all kinds of resources to teachers all over the valley.
MITCH MATTHEWS: I want to look at the helmets.
BARBARA BLALOCK: The helmets?
MITCH MATTHEWS: This is the kind of school supply I can get on board with. Are you kidding me? Oh yes!
DAVID SWEENY: It really helps, you know?
On screen: DAVID SWEENY, Teacher
DAVID SWEENY: Our budget, it is dwindling in the classroom. And the things that they have here make your mind wander and explode with ideas.
AMY EVANS: I could hear the students say…
On screen: AMY EVANS, Teacher
AMY EVANS: …you mean I get to keep this? This is mine? It's pretty amazing to hear the students feel the impact just small little pencil pouch.
MITCH MATTHEWS: We have about a hundred volunteers every week that we see. We actually have somebody that tests every single pen and marker that comes in to make sure it works.
RAY WENDEL: This is a super capacitor, black part here, and on the end of that there's a vibration motor.
MITCH MATTHEWS: Wow.
RAY WENDEL: And, they have the parts over there that we put together.
On screen: RAY WENDEL, Volunteer
RAY WENDEL: I started 10 years ago. I wanted to make a positive difference in a child's life, and that's why I started doing this. And Barb wanted me to design kits from what they had out in the warehouse.
MITCH MATTHEWS: Thank you so much for allowing us to see the magic that you're working. This is so great.
BARBARA BLALOCK: This isn't just an Arizona problem. This is a nationwide problem where teachers just don't have the supplies they need. Maybe they don't have the budgets and so with their other states out there that want to provide something like this for their students and their community, it would be awesome.
MITCH MATTHEWS: Sometimes when you help someone else, it can lead to some fun surprises. You might put a smile on a child's face. You might inspire someone to think bigger. You might help someone accomplish something they thought was impossible. And maybe, just maybe, like Barb, you might uncover a dream you absolutely love in the process.
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