Teacher FAQ

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 Melanie Jimenez at [email protected] for more information on earning community service hours.

How do I shop at Teaching Tools?
Click this link to get started: https://www.educationfoundation.com/teaching-tools-store-getting-started 

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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