Dependent solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, he has distributed nearly $ 5 million in school supplies to students in the 50 most needy schools in Tulsa.
The Pencil Box is Oklahoma’s only free store for teachers, the only program providing supplies to eligible schools in all 15 school districts in Tulsa County, the only organization serving Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as the only organization providing school supplies throughout the year to underserved students across Tulsa.
The commercial area of the new facility, designed by Selser Schafer Architects and built by Thompson Construction, will double the capacity of the current one. The new center will also have a large workroom where staff and volunteers can process inventory.
“Every child deserves a quality education, regardless of where they are born,” said Bolzle. “We are committed to ensuring that every student and teacher has the supplies they need to be successful in school. “
In the 2021-2022 school year, The Pencil Box has already distributed $ 2 million in supplies.
“Over the years, I have watched my teachers’ expenses at The Pencil Box, and I am always amazed at the amount of supplies teachers have received by becoming a member,” said Shelly Holman, director of Webster mid- high and high. schools. “This year alone, my teachers collected over $ 13,000 worth of supplies for our schools. “