We know that if a family struggles to afford basic necessities, extras like crayons and notebooks probably don’t make the shopping list. That’s why our Teacher Resource Center program serves schools where at least 70% of the student body qualifies for the National School Lunch Program.
Every year, thousands of teachers in the region are each eligible to receive hundreds of dollars’ worth of school supplies for use in their classrooms, all at no cost to them or their schools.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
Partner with us
Applications for the Teacher Resource Center program open in the spring. School administrators can apply, and our selection committee chooses our partner schools for the year.
Contact Jane@TheEducationPartnership.org with application questions.
Once per semester, enrolled teachers from partner schools make shopping appointments through an online portal to pick up free essential school supplies at our Teacher Resource Center.
Contact Cat@TheEducationPartnership.org with shopping questions.
Transform the classroom
Teachers bring the supplies to their classrooms, elevating their learning environment and empowering every student to succeed.
We serve Pre-K through 12th grade schools in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Schools in these counties are eligible if 70% or more of their student population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Confirm your school’s NSLP eligibility by downloading the 2018 data report here.
Applications for 2019-2020 school year are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in March 2020.
When applications open, school administrators are encouraged to apply for their school. Educators or other staff may complete the application for their school as long as they also secure and submit the Principal Authorization Form.
After evaluating submitted applications, an independent selection committee makes partner school recommendations, and The Education Partnership announces each year’s partner schools in early May. A school’s need, engagement in or enthusiasm for the program, and potential for impact are all considered. Though The Education Partnership can’t yet support every eligible school in our region, we’re growing every year!
Enrolled teachers from partner schools are invited to our Teacher Resource Center once per semester (July-October and November-March). Each teacher is guaranteed an allotment of core school supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, filler paper, crayons, etc.), and because of the generous donations we receive from the community, we also offer extra classroom supplies—like toys, clothing, cleaning supplies, furniture, etc.—that vary based on availability.
Each time a teacher “shops” at our Center, we estimate that they leave with about $500 worth of free supplies!
The Education Partnership holds a special place in my heart. The opportunity that The Education Partnership provides to schools is outstanding. I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing organization that helps children in need of school supplies! Thanks to this fantastic program my students are proud, excited, motivated to come to school. My students’ self-esteem and excitement to learn has increased immensely thanks to all the school supplies The Education Partnership has given to our school. With all the unique and unexpected items I find when I shop, I’ve become more creative with how I use supplies in the classroom!Julie Erb, Kindergarten Teacher, Martin Elementary School
Right now, there are more than 70,000 students in the area who qualify for our program.