MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An opportunity to get free school supplies courtesy of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard on Wednesday attracted a number of Eastern Panhandle school teachers who said they have spent hundreds of dollars, if not more, to help their students each year.
"The generosity is so much appreciated," said Jennifer Huff, a kindergarten teacher at Berkeley Heights Elementary School.
Beginning about 11 a.m., Huff and other teachers and staff came to the guard unit's base entrance at Kelly Island Road south of Martinsburg for the giveaway of dozens of boxes of Air National Guard-themed notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers and folders.
Kits for teachers containing a coffee mug, grading scale, hi-liters, pointer, book bag and planner also were among the freebies.
"We're just happy we could do it," Staff Sgt. Christina Murray, of the Airlift Wing's recruiting office, said.
Earlier this year, the Airlift Wing based at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport decided to give away the learning materials en masse, rather than use them as part of recruiting functions.