A local program is helping area educators prepare for the upcoming school year.
With tight budgets and a tough economy, organizers say schools are taking all the help they can get.
Regions Bank is lending a helping hand to Dothan City Schools.
“It is simply a way we can reach out to our teachers and our educators and say ‘hey we're going to stand beside you and help you any way we can,” said Connie Wehner, Vice President of Regions Bank.
Wehner is the mind behind "Tools for Schools"; a program aimed at collecting money and supplies for Dothan schools.
“We do have a goal for our city this year: we hope to collect $5,000 for the Dothan City School System. Some of our teachers just need some basic stuff like copy paper. We've had toilet paper donated, we've had paper towels, hand sanitizer, all the things we really need but we really don't think about,” added Wehner.
There are seven Regions Bank locations in Dothan and outside each one of them you'll find a Dothan City School bus. Organizers of the Tools for Schools program say the school bus is a way to generate some interest.
“It will create...hmm?! ‘Why is there a school bus parked there in the summer?!” said Wehner.
“We have these little banks that are set up at all our office that the public can donate into,”
Wehner says it all about helping those less fortunate and bringing residents together.
“We have some children who report to school with no supplies such as pens and papers and book bags, we are accepting everything. But I think as a community, if we can step together to help our city schools, it's going to make Dothan a better place,”
You can donate school supplies or money at any Regions Bank in Dothan.
Donations will be distributed before the first day of school this August.