Saturday Shopping at the Free Store

March 5, 2015

pemcosaturdayshopv2It’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 for Teachers to restock the dwindling supplies in their classrooms. In recent surveys many teachers told us that getting to the Free Store at the end of their work day is difficult. Recognizing that teachers have tight schedules, we have partnered with PEMCO Insurance to expand our service by offering Saturday morning shopping hours on a quarterly basis. The next opportunity for teachers to shop on Saturday is coming up on March 14.

Please keep in mind that space is limited to Portland Public School teachers. If you are a teacher at one our PPS schools and interested in shopping on a Saturday please RSVP via our EVENT page. You will need a valid PPS email for registration.


Teachers can always plan their next trip to the Free Store by taking look at our shopping calendar to see upcoming shopping dates.

Hint: For those new to the Free Store, take a moment to refer to our handy dandy shopping tips to make the most out of your shopping experience.

Have supplies sitting around and collecting dust? See if they’re something our teachers need! Note that our art shelves are most in need of supplies. Thank you for keeping us in mind and all of your support!

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