Central Standard Brewing in Wichita will host a “Pints for Pencils” fundraiser for Project Teacher on Tuesday. Courtesy photo
Central Standard Brewing in Wichita will host a “Pints for Pencils” fundraiser for Project Teacher on Tuesday. Courtesy photo

Education

Drink a beer, help a teacher: Central Standard to host ‘Pints for Pencils’

By Suzanne Perez Tobias

stobias@wichitaeagle.com

November 27, 2017 11:51 AM

A nonprofit group is teaming up with a popular local brewery to raise money for classroom supplies for Wichita-area teachers.

Central Standard Brewing will host a “Pints for Pencils” fundraiser for Project Teacher on Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m. at the brewery, 156 S. Greenwood. For every pint of beer sold, Central Standard will give a portion to Project Teacher to help kick off its end-of-year campaign to get more resources into classrooms.

In addition to drinks, Funky Monkey Munchies will be on site selling food, and a portion of its sales will go to Project Teacher as well. The event coincides with Giving Tuesday, a day devoted to charitable activities during the holiday season.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season of giving than with a few drinks and great food,” said Terry Johnson, director of Project Teacher. “And it is all for a great cause – our community’s classrooms.”

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Studies show that the average teacher spends more than $500 a year of his or her own money on classroom supplies – things like books, posters, games and organizational tools as well as paper, pencils, snacks and other basics to supplement what students bring (or don’t bring) to school.

Since it launched three years ago, Project Teacher, an initiative of GracePoint Church in west Wichita, has distributed about $3.2 million in supplies to area teachers.

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Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias