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Tulsa nurse starts a new business to show support for teachers during pandemic

Posted at 9:44 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 13:12:55-04

TULSA, Okla.  — A new Tulsa business is showing teachers support during the pandemic.

Danielle Kapple and her business partner, Ji Kim, want to give back to teachers.

“Teachers a lot of times are afraid to ask or they get tired of asking," Kapple said.

Especially after Kapple, a nurse, traveled to work at a hospital in New Jersey where she treated COVID-19 patients.

“I realized how scary it can be to go into a situation where you have a possibility of not having everything that you need in order to do your job, you know, to the best of your ability," Kapple said.

Now, they’re doing that through TeacherBox. A monthly subscription service providing teachers with PPE and school supplies. Teachers can customize their boxes with things like masks, hand sanitizer, art supplies and decorations for their classroom.

Third-grade teacher Nathalie Lee thought she was going to have to do without this year.

“I am a teacher that likes to buy Softsoap," Lee said. "So, I thought, well, you know, that’s one thing that the district is definitely providing for us, we’ll go without my extra, fancy soap."

But thanks to TeacherBox, she's getting fancy soap and other supplies.

“It’s really nice at the beginning of the year to have something like this," Lee said. "Or maybe things get lost throughout the school year and I can just go and order that without having to remember I need to send an email and ask a parent to send that in.”

There are different levels of boxes ranging from $10 to $20. The idea is for parents or friends buy boxes for teachers, who typically have to pay for these items themselves.

The boxes show support for teachers at a time they need it most.

“We have to support each other," Kapple said. "And we have to come together as a community to do things to show our support and help each other out to kind of lessen that fear and that worry.”

“This is just another way, another love language, for them to be able to say, ‘Hey, we support you,'" Lee said. "'We’re in this with you, and we’re all in this together.’”

To learn more about TeacherBox, click here.

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