By Katy St. Clair
Ah, summer. A time for teachers and students to sleep in, enjoy the sunshine, and refuel for another semester in the fall. But for former school board member and passionate education advocate Hazel Wilson, summer is a time to dig in and think ahead.
That’s why she’s spearheading “Pack The Bus,” a season-long drive to collect classroom supplies for Vallejo teachers.
“Teachers do it for the love of the job, not the money, so that’s why this program is so important,” she said.
Her office is a converted old classroom on the grounds of Vallejo High School, and already it’s chock full of … well, chalk, but also binders, erasers, colorful charts, and snazzy pencils all waiting to be “shopped” by teachers in the fall. Once the makeshift store is open, any teacher can come in, get a cart or a hand basket, and load up on anything they need for the school year, for free.