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Making A Difference: Couple Opts For School Supplies Instead Of Wedding Gifts

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 02, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Rather than towels and place settings, a soon-to-be-married Lexington couple is asking for school supplies.

Brooke Powers is a former Lexington teacher who taught middle school in Lexington for 13 years and was even named one of the best in the country. She came up with the idea.

This summer was her first in over a decade not shopping for school supplies. So, she started searching for teachers on social media and started shopping for them.

It all quickly began to add up and that, combined with planning a wedding, she realized the need was far too great to fund on her own.

So she turned to her fiance, the son of a teacher, with an unconventional idea.

Instead of registering for things they could use but didn’t necessarily need, they asked for school supplies for their wedding, so they could give them to teachers.

The couple picked out four teachers, one from Lexington and three from the region. One, a high school teacher from Cincinnati, is asking for books after learning only six of her 160 students had ever truly owned a book of their own.

“I told Kevin, I can’t sleep ’til those 154 kids that have never owned a book get a book,” said Powers. “We would love any and everybody’s support in giving as many kids books and supplies as we can.”

Brooke and Kevin are set to be married on New Year’s Eve.

If you would like to support one of the teachers on the registry, click here.