Classroom Central’s Free Store is a retail operation where teachers and other school personnel from eligible schools “shop” for free supplies throughout the academic year. All materials distributed are used to create inviting learning environments and to support the academic and personal growth of students whose families lack the resources needed to purchase school supplies.
The Free Store is located at 2116 Wilkinson Blvd and is open for teacher shopping, by appointment, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and once each month on Saturday mornings. It is staffed and stocked by volunteers who help teachers find what they need, assist them with “check-out” and load free materials into their vehicles.
The Free Store is designed to provide all the materials teachers need to create successful learning environments. In addition to basic supplies like pencils, paper, notebooks, glue sticks and folders, teachers will find backpacks, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) materials and lesson plans, a literacy section that includes books and lesson plans, copy paper, arts and crafts materials, classroom decorations, cleaning supplies, personal care items and more. The average value of supplies received by a teacher at one shop is about $400.