Our Mission

At The Pencil Box, we believe every child deserves the supplies they need to succeed in school. Our mission is to maximize the academic potential of disadvantaged students and equalize the learning experience by offering school supplies, educational tools, and incentive items necessary for successful learning.

Our Goals

  • Ensure every child in Tulsa County has the school supplies needed for successful learning.

  • Offer students hope for tomorrow by empowering them for success today.

  • Provide a wide variety of materials that support successful learning and enrichment.

  • Grow the organization to support all qualifying schools in Tulsa County.

  • Reduce the out-of-pocket financial burden many public school teachers face .

Why We Do It

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education 2018 Low Income Report, 80.3% of Tulsa Public Schools students live at or below the Federal Poverty Level. Families struggling to make ends meet cannot afford school supplies for their children.

Tulsa teachers typically spend $500 to $1,000 out of pocket every year on students and classroom supplies, with some spending more (Oklahoma Education Association). Working together, we can ensure all students have an equal opportunity to learn and the supplies necessary for success, while eliminating the need for teachers to spend their own money.

How We Do It

At The Pencil Box, teachers from eligible schools can shop for free supplies specific to the needs of their students and classroom learning experience. We provide a wide variety of supplies, including the basics like books, crayons, paper, scissors, pens and pencils, as well as enrichment and incentive items teachers can use to motivate and inspire student engagement.

Teachers eligible to shop at The Pencil Box must be pre-kindergarten through 12th grade lead teachers at a school in Tulsa Public Schools where 70% or more of the students are living at or below the national poverty level. As funding allows, the free store for teachers will serve all eligible public schools in Tulsa County.

School supplies are donated by businesses and individuals. Supplies not donated are purchased at reduced prices from partnering vendors. Funding is provided through the generosity of businesses, individuals and foundations. Click below to support our mission today!