Initiative reduces school supply burden

Initiative reduces school supply burden

Andrew and Lauren Marburger, Lockport Brewery owners, left; Susan and Jeff Eadie, Stars of Zoar Creative Co-Op; Mary Locy, Cutler Realty; Chuck and Judy Meiser, Meiser’s Mowing and Zoar Volunteer Fire Department; Barbara Scott, CBA co-president with Mark Scott; and Mark Murphy, Tusky Valley Schools superintendent.


Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools continually seeks ways to improve its educational services to support the children and families of the community. One of the most recent initiatives is to significantly reduce what parents typically pay for back-to-school supplies in August.

The goal of the TV School District — supported and promoted by the community in uniting together — is to maximize district consortium pricing to purchase and provide the bulk of back-to-school supplies directly to the classroom for use by students.

Essentially the sponsorship breakdown is $10 per student or $1,000 per grade for k-8. Parents and families, however, will still be responsible for a reduced school supply list, along with payment of Chromebook technology fees and instructional fees for consumable materials, not to mention typical back-to-school shopping for new clothes, shoes and such.

This initiative is sponsored by local churches, businesses and the Community Business Association of Northern Tuscarawas County.

Interested parties willing to sponsor a certain number of students, a grade level or more to help accomplish this goal should send an email to TV Superintendent Mark Murphy at

Checks can be made to Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools (memo: Back to School Supplies).

The Back to School Blast is scheduled for Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Tuscarawas Valley Middle School, 2633 Tuscarawas Valley Road NE, Zoarville.

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