FAQ

May I claim a tax deduction for my donation to the Store?
In most cases, individuals and businesses may claim product and/or cash donations as charitable contributions, but you should rely on the advice of your tax advisor.

What items are most needed?
Teachers always need basic school supplies such as pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue, scissors and notebook filler paper. Teachers are very creative and will use products that you would never imagine in a classroom such as unused greeting cards, business letterhead and envelopes.

Teacher “wish list” of most requested items:

  • Copy paper
  • Composition Books
  • Washable markers
  • Rulers
  • Colored pencils (12 count)
  • Filler paper
  • School scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pens

Are there items Teaching Tools does not accept?
Yes. We can only accept items which will fit into the back seat of a car. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept clothing, computers and electronics at this time. However, we will accept personal items such as toothpaste, soap, sanitizing wipes and Kleenex.

Does Teaching Tools provide a pick-up service for product donations?
We have a limited ability to pick up donated items. Therefore, we request that you please arrange for delivery or drop off your items at our store. We are located at 2306 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33607. You may call in advance to assure your delivery will be handled upon your arrival (813) 574-0260.

Who runs the Teaching Tools Store?
Teaching Tools is a program of the Hillsborough Education Foundation. The store is managed and operated by the Foundation and supported by a fleet of volunteers who operate teacher check-in and check-out, stock shelves and assist with inventory maintenance. The Teaching Tools Store could not run nearly as efficiently or effectively without the help of our dedicated volunteer base.

How is Teaching Tools Funded?
Teaching Tools is funded solely through generous cash and product donations from our Tampa Bay community including businesses, foundations and individuals. We also partner with The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that provides free school supplies to students in need through its national network of resource centers.

May students volunteer at the Teaching Tools Store for community service hours?
Yes. Students ages 11-14 can volunteer at the Store with a parent or guardian present. Students ages 15 and over may fulfill their community service hours at the Store with parent or guardian consent. Please contact Brandi Melton, bmelton@educationfoundation.com, for more information on earning community service hours.

Can I shop for my colleagues?
Yes, we have a Substitute Shopper Program. Teachers at Full-Service Schools may shop for themselves and up to 2 other teachers per shopping day. Paraprofessionals and Aides may shop on behalf of up to 2 teachers per shopping day. Paraprofessionals/Aides/fellow teacher shopper must bring a letter stating their name and who they are shopping on behalf of each month signed by the teacher they are shopping on behalf of. Paraprofessionals/Aides/fellow teacher shopper must show school ID and be at the same school as you.  Click here for our substitute shopper form/sample letter.

*The Substitue Shopper Program does not apply to free shopping vouchers. 

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