Teaching Tools Store HistoryThe 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 $28 million in free school supplies to our students that need them the most in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Year Title Schools Served 
02 17
03 28
04 30
05 60
06 70
07 86
10 100
14 130
15 140
16 140