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Every Day is Earth Day at Schoolhouse Supplies

April 22, 2015

PhotoGrid_1429730708937PhotoGrid_1429727610889Happy Earth Day! How are you celebrating?

At Schoolhouse Supplies we are reflecting on the success we have had over the past 15 years reducing the amount of materials that might otherwise head to the landfill. In addition to new school supplies that we distribute through our Free Store for Teachers, we collect gently used items and give them new life in classrooms throughout Portland. To date we have distributed more than $22 million in free supplies, many of which would have otherwise been discarded.

On our shelves daily are books, file folders, desk organizers, branded incentives and more—all earmarked for the garbage or recycling. Instead, they are heading into classrooms to be put to good use.

That old saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” certainly rings true for us.

We often receive calls from local businesses that are closing or downsizing. They need to remove whiteboards, file folders, copy paper and a sundry of office supplies from their office, STAT. We direct them to our online Pick-Up Request Form, and get the donation process started.

As a result, that operations manager has one less thing to worry about in shutting down their office, and we now have the means to support several teachers and classrooms. We see this exchange daily and know that those who are donating are making a significant impact on our classrooms.

Teachers Need Office Supplies…

Recently a new teacher at Harrison Park School came to us looking for a dry erase board. She had been using clear contact paper on cardboard as a work-around because she didn’t have the budget to purchase a dry erase board for her classroom. Ms. Acosta was full of gratitude when a local business brought in a 5’x7′ board that promptly found it’s new home at Harrison Park.

On Earth Day, look around your home or office, what items do you have that you aren’t using that could become a teacher’s treasure? Have questions about what we take, check out the list HERE.

Our most needed office supplies are:Our most needed office supplies are:

Binder clips Clip boards Electric staplers/pencil sharpeners
Graph paper Hole punches (1 or 3) Index cards
Legal pads Notepads Paper clips
Post-It notes Rubber bands Staple removers
Staples Tape (masking, packing, scotch) Tape dispensers (desktop)
White out Correction tape

 Saturday Shopping at the Free Store

March 5, 2015

It’s a busy time of year for teachers—there are assessments, special projects, and keeping the often restless class engaged as their thoughts start to wander toward spring break. We also know that many teachers will need to head to the Free Store… Read more »

Executive Director Search

March 2, 2015

Position Announcement Position: Executive Director Status: Full-time, exempt Salary range: $75,000-$85,000 depending on experience, plus benefits Reports to: Board of Directors     The Opportunity Schoolhouse Supplies is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead all organizational efforts to achieve… Read more »

Checking in on the Free Store for Teachers

February 23, 2015

In 15 years of operation, the Free Store for Teachers has provided free school supplies for more than 50,000 teacher shopping trips. These resources would not be available without the help we receive from our community members and partners. As of this… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: BG

January 10, 2015

In a recent blog, we mentioned that we have logged 84,497 volunteer hours since 2000. All the resources that Schoolhouse Supplies provides to teachers and students would not be possible without the help from our dedicated volunteers.

Give!Guide Final Countdown

December 29, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close Give!Guide is also wrapping up. Be sure to support Schoolhouse Supplies through Give!Guide here before midnight on December 31. Not only is your gift tax deductible, but

Holiday Artisans Fair to Support Schoolhouse

December 18, 2014

Do you  have some last minute holiday gifts to buy?  Consider stopping by the Handmade NW, 7th Annual Formal Holiday Artisans Fair this Saturday! Not only will you find several unique handmade gifts, a portion of your purchase will support students and teachers… Read more »