School Programs

School & Classroom Supplies Initiative

Our thinking is simple: if a student cannot afford to buy lunch, they can't afford to buy school supplies. So if at least 70% of a school's student body qualifies for the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program, it qualifies for our core program: the School & Classroom Supplies Initiative. This program aims to equip every classroom in Southwestern PA with the tools students and teachers need to succeed, reducing educational inequality and giving kids a fighting chance to succeed.

Apply to be a 2017-18 partner school! We’re accepting applications for free school supply support through March 28. 

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Download principal authorization form


Here's how your school can participate:

Partner with us and provide for your school


School administrators can apply to secure critically needed supplies for every classroom teacher and their students.

Send teachers out shopping


Teachers from selected schools are invited to our Resource Center three times a year, where they can “shop” for free supplies.

Transform the classroom experience


Supplies make their way to school and into the hands of students, elevating their learning experience and empowering them to succeed.

How are partner schools selected?

Each year, partner schools are determined by a blind selection process, in which an unbiased committee considers each applicant school’s need for supplies, enthusiasm about the program, and the potential for impact within that school.

Our service area includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

View 2016-2017 Partner School

How can I apply for my school?

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are open now through March 28. Teachers and educators can apply for their school, but will also need written consent from the principal.

An independent review board will evaluate applications based on need. The Education Partnership can’t support every eligible school, but we’re growing every year. Selected partner schools will be notified in May.

Apply now



Download principal authorization form

How do teacher distributions work?

Eligible teachers from participating schools are invited to our Teacher Resource Center, where they can “shop” for up to $400 worth of what we call Core Products, which include the following supplies:

  • Notebooks (1 subject/composition)
  • Glue Sticks (standard size)
  • Washable Markers (8-10 pack)
  • Glue Bottle (4 oz.)
  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Folder, Two Pocket (9 x 11.5")
  • Construction Paper
  • Copy Paper Ream (500 sheet 8 x 11, white)
  • Filler Paper (3 hole punched and lined)
  • Scissors
  • Pencils (mechanical/#2)
  • Clear Tape Rolls (standard plastic dispenser)
  • Pens
  • Cap Erasers
  • Beveled Erasers
  • T-Shirts (short-sleeved)
  • Desk Organizers (plastic/metal/wood)
  • Pencil Sharpeners

Teachers can also secure Non-Core Products, such as fabric, clothing items, personal hygiene items, decorations, cleaning supplies, technology items and equipment, furniture and miscellaneous office supplies. These products vary according to availability.

This year, approximately 2,600 local teachers will visit The Education Partnership and leave energized and better equipped to educate and support their students—all at no cost to them.

See Our Teacher Distributions In Action

Testimonial Portrait

I can’t tell you how much this program means to us as teachers in this district… that we can provide for the children.

Barb Kebe, Kindergarten Teacher

Right now, there are more than 60,000 students and 5,000 teachers in the area who qualify for our program.

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281 Corliss Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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