If you hate the idea of handing over cold hard cash to the City of Greensboro because you parked a couple minutes too long in the downtown area or committed some other heinous parking violation, the city is offering another option.

For parking violations that occur from Tuesday, Aug. 1 through Monday, Oct. 2, instead of paying for your parking ticket with money, the payment can be made in school supplies.

Donations of new and unwrapped school supplies or cash donations to the Guilford Education Alliance (GEA) Teacher Supply Warehouse are being accepted for parking fines in lieu of cash. Donations must be made within 30 days of the infraction and handicapped parking violations are not included in the program.

However, it’s not quite as simple dropping off a Number 2 at a nearby school.

School supplies must be brought to the Greensboro Parking Office on the upper ground level of city hall at 300 W. Washington St., and you must show a receipt to verify the value of the school supplies is equal to or greater than the fine.

Cash donations may be made directly to the Teacher Supply Warehouse online at tinyurl.com/parkingsupplydrive23 and you still have to have a receipt to prove your donation is equal to or greater than the parking fine.

This is the fourth year the City of Greensboro has partnered with GEA to support local teachers. The Teacher Supply Warehouse allows Guilford County school teachers to shop for school supplies up to four times a year at no cost.

Suggested donations include:

  • 2-Pocket Folders
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Construction Paper
  • Copy Paper
  • Crayons
  • Dry-Erase Markers
  • Flash Drives
  • Glue Sticks
  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Permanent Markers
  • Post-It Notes
  • Scissors – child and adult
  • Spiral/Composition Notebooks
  • Tissues

Past drives have raised as much as $7,500 in school supplies and donations for the Teacher Supply Warehouse.