$10,000 raised for Nampa students

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Nampa students and teachers are facing a school supply shortage. Accounting errors have contributed to a $4.3 million budget shortfall.

Members of the community are tired of waiting for the politicians to fix it so they are attempting to do it themselves.

"The students and the teachers are having a struggle just getting the supplies they need to have an enriching experience at school. So a group of us community leaders got together and said, 'You know what? We can do this,'" says Marie Baker, Nampa Civic Center director.

Donors dropped off enough school supplies to almost fill a bus during Wednesday's fundraiser. They also opened their checkbooks and donated $10,000 to help buy supplies for teachers.

"What's really fun about this is that, politics aside, it's who we are as a community and our kids are important and education is important," says Baker.

Nampa teachers used to have a $300 stipend with which to buy supplies for their students, but with the school districts' recent financial crisis that money is gone. $270,000 would restore that stipend to every teacher in the district.

Organizers hope the district solves its money issues before next year and the supply our students event doesn't become an annual deal.

"Our best hope will be that this won't happen again and that this is just a one time kind of deal that we as a community can say, 'We support you, we want the kids educated, and we're going to do what we can to make that happen,'" says Baker.

But they've still got a long long way to go to meet their goal of $270,000, they're only four percent of the way there.

All donations will be given to the Nampa School Foundation which is separate from the Nampa School District.

To find out what kind of supplies are needed, and lots of other information about the campaign, click here .