Imagine sitting at your desk and the teacher asks the class to take out their notebooks and pencils as she begins the daily math lesson... But you don’t have a notebook or pencil or even a backpack to carry them. To some students, these simple basic school supplies are not affordable.
That is a harsh reality for over one-half of our students who qualify for free and reduced lunch in our 160 Title I schools in Hillsborough County. The Teaching Tools Resource Center is on a mission to solve this problem.
It’s a real brick and mortar store giving free school supplies to any teacher from our Title I schools. This past year, we gave away over $3.5 million in free school supplies helping teachers better prepare their students for the classroom tasks. The Teaching Tools Resource Center ensures that these students have the essential tools for learning each day.
Pencils, crayons, glue. It may sound like a small thing, but it is a huge step in fully supporting the academic achievement of all of our students.