We prepped all summer for this. We’ve gathered supplies from the farthest reaches of here and yon all over the metro area over the last few months. We’ve seen the blue bins come in overflowing and volunteers’ cars filled to the brim pull up outside. We’ve had volunteers sort & stack, check & tally and bundle & stock for months. And now, we are ready.
The Schoolhouse Supplies Free Store for Teachers opened its doors for the season last week on September 11th, and with it came the familiar sounds of shopping carts being loaded throughout our hallowed halls. This volunteer-run store which is open to all 3,000 teachers in the Portland Public Schools, including charter and alternative schools and our voucher shoppers, the store saw almost 400 shoppers in the first week alone. But thanks to our trusty volunteers, the shelves are restocked daily with supplies so that every educator has a chance to fill their carts. Our store has seen over 38,000 shopping trips in the 13 years of its existence, a testament to the need that exists and to the dedication of the volunteers who run it. (more…)