Is there anything more important than education? Teachers spend more time with our children during most days than we do, they love what they do, and they certainly don’t do it for the money.

According to Adopt-a-Classroom.org, the average teacher spends more than $600 of his or her own money each year to buy classroom supplies.

It shouldn’t be that way, and that’s why the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Club is happy to recognize local teachers — and students — with our K-12 Education Initiative.

The initiative was established to support and engage K-12 students and teachers in the Outer Banks. The program not only provides supplies to the teacher’s closets at local schools, it also provides mentors for students and provides an interview room where students can prepare for job interviews to help them embark on a life outside the classroom.

Chamber members help support the initiative — and because of their support, teachers on the Outer Banks won’t have to reach into their own pockets quite as deeply as they do now.

To find out more and to support the chamber’s K-12 Education Initiative, visit outerbankschamber.com/k12.

Susan Crow is the director of events and communications for the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Crow is the director of events and communications for the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

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