DETROIT, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- School officials in Detroit say the Academy of the Americas is not the only public school lacking necessities such as toilet paper.
The school got national attention last week when it asked parents to donate light bulbs, liners for trash cans, paper towels -- and toilet paper. Now, offers of help have been pouring in from sympathizers from Albuquerque to Washington, The Detroit News reported Tuesday.
Anton Botonsan, director of marketing at SupplyDen, told the newspaper his company, which supplies hospitals and other large customers in the Detroit area, delivered a load of paper goods to the Academy of the Americas and plans to send another one next month.
School board members say that while the district is hard-pressed for money the supply problem is more a matter of logistics. They have asked administrators to come up with a plan to ensure that schools get what they need.
But Nate Taylor, chief of facilities maintenance, said he spends a lot of time convincing unpaid vendors to keep supplying the schools.
The board decided last week to accept a state takeover that would include a financial manager named by the governor.