Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear has turned his Instagram into a school supply drive

With #10FeaturedTeachers, he’s spotlighting a teacher in need of critical educational materials.

September 04, 2018
Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear has turned his Instagram into a school supply drive Edward Droste and Grizzly Bear perform during CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013. October 12, 2013.   Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for CBGB

Tuesday, September 4 marked the fifth day of the #10FeaturedTeachers Instagram showcase started by Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear. Since August 30, Droste has been posting a photograph of one teacher in the United States in need of educational supplies for their classroom. All the necessary goods are collected into an Amazon wishlist that stays in Droste's bio for 24 hours before being replaced with a new teacher's.

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On the first day of the challenge, Droste said he was inspired by how well a giveaway of "lube, candles, [and] perfume" did on his Instagram Stories. "[It] also occurred to me given the traction of those stories, that we could use that same energy and this platform to help give back," he wrote, adding that a friend "recently explained to me how many many teachers have to buy their own supplies for their classrooms."

Check out all the teachers so far, along with links to their Amazon wishlists, in Droste's archived Instagram Stories. Grizzly Bear's newest album Painted Ruins was released in 2017 - listen below on Apple Music and Spotify.

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