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 as a partners school to visit our Resource Center. 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.
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 to get supplies
Twice a year, enrolled teachers from Full Partner Schools make appointments through an online portal to pick up essential classroom supplies at our Teacher Resource Center, from pencils and markers to notebooks, calculators, glue sticks, and more (total value can exceed $400 per visit!)
Transform the classroom experience
Teachers take the tools to their students, elevating their learning experience and empowering every kid to succeed.
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.
New for the 2018-2019 school year: Our service area is expanding to include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Applications for 2018-19 school year open March 1- March 26. We will announce Partner Schools in early May.
Educators can apply for their school with written consent from the principal using the Principal Authrorization Form below.
Choose the link below to access the 2018-2019 Resource Center Application – If this link does not work, please cut and paste it into your web browser:
Choose the link below to access the 2018-2019 Principal Authorization Form: If this link does not work, please cut and paste it into your web browser:
An independent review board evaluates applications based on need. The Education Partnership can’t support every eligible school, but we’re growing every year.
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 to apply for our program if :
- 70% or more of their student population qualify for free/reduced lunch through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (data based on 2017-2018 school year NSLP percentages)
- Are located in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties
- Have been selected by our independent Selection Committee as a Full Partner School of The Education Partnership
- Based on eligibility and application, our independent School Selection Committee selects Full Partner Schools of The Education Partnership
Qualifying schools that apply after the application deadline will be considered for Junior Partnership for the upcoming school year. Junior Partner Schools can get free non-core supplies, like furniture, craft materials and other miscelaneous items depending on donations received.
We welcome eligible teachers from Full Partner Schools to select teachers to participate in the Teacher Resource Center Program. Based on student enrollment, each partner school will be allotted a number of eligible teacher enrollment slots. Administrators are responsible for selecting which teachers to enroll in our program and for adding them to their school’s Teacher Contact List. Any teacher on this list is considered eligible to participate in the Teacher Resource Center Program.
Eligible teachers from full partner schools are invited to our Teacher Resource Center, where they can choose up to $400 worth of Core School Supplies like:
- Glue Sticks
- Washable Markers
- Glue Bottles
- Twin Pocket Folders
- Construction Paper
- Copy Paper Reams
- Filler Paper
- Clear Tape Rolls
- Cap Erasers
- Beveled Erasers
- Desk Organizers
- Pencil Sharpeners
Teachers can also choose Non-Core Supplies like 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 3,000 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.
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.