April 9, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of PEMCO Insurance, Schoolhouse Supplies offered two unique shopping opportunities to Portland teachers on April 8 and 9.
First, a pilot version of a “Mobile Free Store for Teachers” traveled to Lane Middle School in Southeast Portland. Teachers from Kelly, Whitman, Marysville, Woodmere, Lent, the Community Transition Program, and Lane’s SUN and Head Start programs all received school supplies to benefit the children in their classrooms. Collectively, just over 80% of students at these schools/programs qualify for free and reduced lunch. Approximately 80 classrooms-worth of students were served.
The next day, the Free Store for Teachers hosted a Saturday Shopping Event. 49 teachers from 36 different schools stocked up on much-needed supplies for their students.
Teachers told us that Schoolhouse Supplies is a valuable resource and having access to free school supplies for their students “allows us to focus energy on teaching.” However, accessing the Free Store for Teachers isn’t always easy. A principal described the conundrum: teachers really want to take advantage of the Free Store, but “teachers come early, stay late, and can’t get to the Free Store. It’s a blessing to bring it to them. Our kids don’t have supplies – teachers buy supplies for them.”
These special Free Store opportunities save time and add convenience for teachers, which in turn benefits children in our community.
March 23, 2016
Change is in the future. RSVP: Click here. Schoolhouse Supplies has done the same great thing for 16 years: provide free school supplies to students in need. We will keep doing this, but we need to make some changes. This year,… Read more »
March 31, 2014
July 30, 2013
Last week, Schoolhouse Supplies was honored to be one of 29 area nonprofit organizations awarded a grant by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. As is the Native tradition of the Confederated Tribes of… Read more »
When Pencil Pete says, “take me out to the ballgame,” we listen! We are heading out to the Hillsboro Hops Back-to-School Night, Monday, August 12 where we will be collecting school supplies for the Hillsboro School District! And just to… Read more »
June 28, 2013
We’re rolling up the garage door today here at Schoolhouse Supplies as we prepare for our “busy season,” ordering, sorting and packing up school supplies. This summer we have individual and group volunteer opportunities, and we would love to have your… Read more »
June 7, 2013
We have our winners! We wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who entered our PEMCO Teacher Appreciation sweepstakes! We received more than 1,470 nominations for the weekly recognition and drawings. Four Portland-area teachers each received $500 in classroom supplies from Schoolhouse… Read more »
May 12, 2013
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re talking with one of our favorite moms for the Free Store Interview. Stacey Messina is a mother to one-year-old Henry and an artist, and generously donated an original drawing and a gift certificate to… Read more »
May 3, 2013
This week, you’ll be hearing from our Executive Director, Jen Barth, about volunteering with the rest of the Schoolhouse Supplies team last weekend for Comcast Cares Day. Here at Schoolhouse Supplies, we have the honor of working on a daily… Read more »
April 5, 2013
Throughout the month of April, we’re partnering with Bank of America to Stock Our Shelves. In honor of that, we’re inviting some of our most passionate teachers, volunteers, and supporters to talk about school, supplies, and some of the key… Read more »
April 3, 2013
Throughout the month of April, we’re partnering with Bank of America to Stock Our Shelves. We’ll be featuring Bank of America employees, talking about school, supplies, and some of the key areas in our Free Store: “Basics,” “Math and Science,”… Read more »