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Free Store for Teachers Expands!

August 16, 2016

FSWhen the Free Store for Teachers opens again in September, teachers from the Parkrose and David Douglas School Districts will enjoy scheduled weeks on the calendar, just like Portland Public Schools teachers.  This “geographic expansion,” as we’re calling it, is important.  In Parkrose and David Douglas School Districts, the rates of children who qualify for free and reduced lunch is higher than in PPS (73% and 77% respectively, compared to 49%).

Many of you (volunteers, teachers, supporters, sponsors, and advocates) participated in the Open Forum discussions this Spring which helped shape the implementation of this decision. Thanks to that good thinking, we have been awarded several grants that partially fund Free Store operations this year.  A very big thank you to Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Bank of America, Newman’s Own Foundation, Jackson Foundation, the H.W.Irwin & D.C.H.Irwin Foundation and over a thousand additional businesses, individuals and families.

We look forward to welcoming these new teachers to the Free Store this September and serving more students in need!

New Faces at Schoolhouse

August 16, 2016

This summer we welcomed Dillon, Brandon, and MJ to the Schoolhouse Supplies team. We were awarded the opportunity to work with MJ Helgerson who joins us as an Encore Fellow.  The Encore Fellows Program matches seasoned professionals with local nonprofits… Read more »

We’re Hiring!

July 7, 2015

Schoolhouse Supplies is currently seeking a temporary, part-time Free Store Coordinator. This position works at the heart of Schoolhouse Supplies’ mission.  The Free Store/Operations Coordinator establishes and maintains all Free Store processes and systems, manages storage and warehouse flow, supervises… Read more »

A Deluge of Supplies : SHORT Moratorium on Donations

June 24, 2015

Schoolhouse Supplies is overflowing—inundated with a barrage of awesome school supplies! The end-of-school season has brought us a bounty of excellent used supplies; calculators, books, math manipulatives, incentives, a handful of art supplies, even a fancy microscope. Teachers and schools… Read more »

New Playground Balls for Rigler!

June 23, 2015

ENGAGING WITH YOUR SCHOOL Last week we had the pleasure of attending a fun end-of-year send off at Rigler Elementary School. Moda, the 2014/15 Tools for Schools sponsor of Rigler, has continued to step up for their school community and… Read more »