The concept for the Teaching Tools Store was created by a team of local business leaders set out to provide free school supplies to students living in poverty in Hillsborough County. Using an established business model called A Gift for Teaching combined with a generous gift of $100,000 from the Fanny Landwirth Foundation, the Store officially opened its doors in 2002 serving 17 Title I schools. The Store quickly expanded its capacity to serve more students with a $200,000 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Grant spanning 2 years.
In 2006, the program merged with the Hillsborough Education Foundation creating Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools serving 70 Title I schools. Today, through the generosity of local businesses and individuals, the Teaching Tools Store serves 163 Title I schools providing over $3 million in free school supplies annually to over 98,000 students.
Since 2002, the Teaching Tools Store has provided over $30 million in free school supplies to our students that need them the most in Hillsborough County Public Schools.