Mission: Our mission is to equip students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.
Results: We have grown from serving 36 area schools in 2002, to nearly 200 today. During this time, Classroom Central has distributed over $52 million in free school supplies to area students in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Union, Lancaster (SC) Counties and the City of Kannapolis. We accomplish this with no funding from government, school districts or United Way. Classroom Central is 100% supported by businesses, foundations and individuals who believe, as we do, that a good education is one of the most reliable ways to help them reach their full potential.
Target demographics: students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 83,000 students in 196 schools, with distributions of over $4,8 million in free school supplies.
Geographic areas served: six school districts including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston County, Iredell/Statesville, Union County, City of Kannapolis and Lancaster (SC)
Programs: Classroom Central provides children with the essential tools they need to succeed in school, helping them realize their full potential through a good education. Our mission is to equip students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies, and we fulfill our mission through four core programs that enable teachers within high-poverty schools to "shop" for the materials they and their students need to learn and achieve: Free Store, Classroom Up, the Mobile Free Store, and Backpacks & Basics.
I've volunteered here more than a few times over the past couple of years. Risa is great to work with and is very passionate about the organization. It's rewarding knowing your assistance with data entry, teacher shopping, stocking shelves, or assisting with the checkout process all helps teachers and students benefit from much needed supplies to aid in teaching and education.
I am a third year teacher and work in low income schools. Many of my students do not have the necessary supplies, whether its paper, pencils, or book bags. Classroom Central helps me meet the needs of my students. I have gotten so many needs and even a few wants: rulers, calculators, file folders, printer papers, glue, incentives, toothbrushes, books, the list goes on and on. I cannot list all the things I have received. Anytime I've ever had a difficulty, the staff have been more than willing to help me resolve my issue. I cannot say enough good things about this place. Every time I meet a new teacher, I tell them all about Classroom Central and their wonderful program!