- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chicago Alderman Nicholas Sposato has collected nearly a year’s worth of toilet paper for cash-strapped schools on the city’s northwest side, a local television station reported.

“Schools’ budgets were cut drastically and I wanted to help out. So instead of school supplies, we figured toilet paper,” Mr. Sposato, who represents the city’s 36th Ward, told ABC 7 News.

He said about $3 million was cut from elementary schools and a high schools in his ward.

The alderman started asking for toilet paper donations from pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens. By Friday afternoon he had collected approximately 6,000 rolls of toilet paper, he told the Huffington Post.

“Its unbelievable. I never expected this much,” Mr. Sposato said.

The schools in the community are extremely overcrowded. At Dever Elementary School, children share textbooks and the auditorium has been converted into a cafeteria.

“We need help over here. [The Chicago public school system has] to do a better job in the area,” Mr. Sposato said. “We got areas that schools are 200 percent overpopulated.”

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