Shawnee Forward is encouraging businesses to partner with elementary classrooms.

Shawnee Forward is encouraging businesses to partner with elementary classrooms.

Classroom Partners, a program sponsored by Shawnee Forward, will allow businesses, families or individuals to partner with a classroom and help with finances for the school year.

Co-chair Will Rosebure said partners are expected to donate between $300 and $500, although the partners will discuss the final amount with the teacher they are partnered with. The money will help purchase resources like learning games and books, or help fund field trips.

The program, lightly based off of Greater Shawnee Area Chamber’s Adopt A Class, will begin this fall. It will benefit teachers and classes at the Early Childhood Center, Horace Mann, Jefferson, Will Rogers, Sequoyah and Pleasant Grove.

According to co-chair Meg Vorndran, the program currently has 25 partners and has 100 classes left to fill.

“As you know, many teachers have to buy things out of their own pocket because the school doesn’t have enough funding,” Rosebure said. “To some people….$300 is nothing, and it’s a lot to the teacher.”

Partners are encouraged to visit the classroom and spend time with the teacher and students throughout the school year, although it isn’t required.

“(The students) see each other all day, everyday,” Rosebure said. “When they see somebody new, it excites them. They enjoy having someone come in and see what they’re doing.”

Teachers can be requested by partners at mmvorndran@outlook.com. If there is no request, partners will be matched with the teacher with the most need.

There are no requirements to become a partner.