What is a teacher free store?
A free store for teachers is a charitable organization. It is retail space with shelves, fixtures and carts where teachers can shop for free school supplies specific to the needs their students and learning experience.
Who is eligible to shop at The Pencil Box?
Eligible schools are public schools in Tulsa where 70% or more of the students live at or below the poverty level. The Pencil Box is currently serving Tulsa Public Schools, where 88.41% of the students are living at or below the poverty level. Eventually, it will serve all eligible school in Tulsa County.
The Pencil Box is for teachers only and not open to the public.
Lead teachers at eligible schools, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, are invited to partner with The Pencil Box with a $35participation fee.
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When is The Pencil Box open?
The Pencil Box is open August through April.
What are the shopping hours for teachers?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6:00 PM.
Second Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Once a school is invited to shop at The Pencil Box, teachers from that school can shop anytime the store is open.
Please sign up here to be notified when your school is invited.
How is The Pencil Box funded?
The Pencil Box is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization funded solely through generous donations from corporations, businesses, foundations, and individuals. It is not publicly funded, nor does it receive support from United Way.
May I claim a tax deduction for my donation?
In most cases, businesses and individuals can claim donations as charitable contributions. However, we suggest you consult your tax advisor.
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What items are most needed?
Teachers and students always need basic school supplies such as books, crayons, glue / glue sticks, markers, notebooks, paper (filler and copy), pencils, pens, rulers and scissors. Backpacks, flashcards, incentive items, learning games, notecards and envelopes are also frequently requested.
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Are there any limits on supplies?
Currently, there is no limit to how much teachers can take for their students. We ask teachers to shop responsibly and only for their students.
Some items are limited to ensure that merchandise is fairly distributed to all schools and students. Those items are clearly marked with the maximum quantities allowed, based on typical class sizes.
Are there any items The Pencil Box does not accept?
Items should be new or very lighted used items.
We do not accept discards.
Typically, we only accept items that will fit on the back seat of a teacher’s car. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have larger items, as we might be able to use them.
We do not accept computers and electronics at this time. Please contact Tulsa PC Power to donate computers and related equipment.
Does The Pencil Box provide a pick-up service for donations?
We have a limited ability to pick up donations. Therefore, we request that donors please arrange for delivery or drop off contributions at our store.
May students volunteer at The Pencil Box for community service hours?
Yes. Students ages 14 and over are encouraged to fulfill their community service hours at The Pencil Box. Please contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.