The NSC collects thousands of school supplies during NSC Spirit Week!

This year’s NSC Spirit Week was more than a friendly competition and a chance for teams to come together – in the end, it had an impact on our Portland community. Through the course of the week, teams collected more than 4,730 boxes and packages of school supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies, a local nonprofit that supports education in Portland by giving students and teachers access to free classroom supplies.

Teams worked together to create pop-up supply stores with their donations. Schoolhouse Supplies Executive Director Alice Forbes and the founder of Schoolhouse Supplies Katie Gold judged the displays along with mascot Pencil Pete.

“Every team offered an exceptional experience,” said Alice.

The Yellow “Super Stars” won the pop-up shop challenge with an interactive experience for teachers and guests. The Super Stars set out supplies with recommended activities from KinderCare Education’s curriculum, and organized their supplies into distinct areas of learning, like STEM, nutrition, and language and literacy.

The Orange team, also known as “Agent Orange” created an orange brick road to guide the judges through their pop-up shop experience. Their creativity earned them second place.

“It was incredible to see the NSC coming together to support such a deserving organization. Both the Executive Director and Founder of Schoolhouse Supplies visited the NSC and were blown away by the generosity and creativity,” said Tony Amandi, SVP of Finance and member of the Schoolhouse Supplies board of directors. “I really enjoyed seeing the teams competing for such a great cause. I’m only disappointed the green team didn’t win!”

By the end of the week, teams competed in a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating contest, cornhole tournament, and more. For the second year in a row, the Red “pREDators” took home the NSC Spirit Week trophy.

See photos from NSC Spirit Week here.

Our partner Schoolhouse Supplies needs support year-round. If you’re interested in volunteering with Schoolhouse Supplies – like staffing their free store for teachers – please contact Lindsey Klinger.


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