Preparing students for school can lead to better outcomes in the classroom. Teachers often use personal funds to supplement their classroom budgets and ensure their students are prepared for class.  By donating school supplies, you can help support teachers and students in your community. 


What can you do?

  • Make a donation to a school in your community. Donate supplies like paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, and markers.
  • Host a supply drive at your office. Donate the proceeds to a local school or homeless shelter. 




Related Facts:

  • Kids from low-income families are now the majority (51%) of the nation’s public school population and many cannot afford necessary school supplies.  Providing students with a community of support, including adults who believe in and care about them, as well as needed clothing and school supplies, can help students stay in school and succeed. (Source)
  • Teachers are increasingly spending more of their own money each year on school supplies. In 2012-2013, 99.5% of public school teachers spent their own money on school supplies, instructional materials and other necessary classroom materials, totaling $1.6 billion out-of-pocket and averaging $485 per teacher. (Source)
  • In 2013-14, teachers spent an average of $513 out of pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials and professional development. (Source)
  • A 2015 study showed that a majority of teachers surveyed spent more out of their own bank accounts for classroom supplies than they received from either their school or their school district. (Source)
  • More intensive support that includes intentional efforts to resolve trauma, food insecurity, housing and other adverse life experiences can help youth re-engage and will very likely keep them on a path to graduation. (Source)


Featured Partners:

100BlackMen_100px.png100 Black Men of America Committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community.
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For nearly 40 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
GOProject_100px.jpgThe GO Project Their mission is to shape the future of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. The GO Project provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skill sneeded to succeed at school, at home and in life. 
kinf-logo.jpgKids in Need Foundation  Founded in 1995, Kids in Need Foundation's mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. 
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Other Resources:

Local Schools, Local Needs - A matchmaking service for teachers needing local help and community members offering help.

DonorsChoose.org - Provides a platform for teachers to post classroom projects and needs, easily allowing the public to connect with a classroom and make donations online.


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