Programs: The mission of classroom central is to equip students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. We accomplish this through four distribution programs. Teachers and other school personnel in qualifying high-needs schools "shop" for free school supplies thoughout the academic year at classroom central's free store. All materials distributed are used to create inviting learning enviornments and to support the academic and personal growth of students living in poverty. Classroom central also distributes free school supplies though the mobile free store program, which serves educators in districts that are not able to visit our free store location. Once a quarter, we travel to gaston, union, iredell-statesville, the city of kannapolis and lancaster, sc school districts to distribute core school supplies directly to educators in high-needs schools. The classroom up online ordering program is the first of its kind in the united states and allows teachers to order essential school supplies and have them delivered directly to the school via couriers driving on their existing routes. Finally, the backpacks and basics program targets students in the highest poverty schools in our region (85% free/reduced lunch rate or higher). In fiscal 2014, we served the most schools ever in the history of the program, providing backpacks and supply kits to each student in eleven schools in three districts. As of june 30,2014, classroom central's product distribution programs combined supported over 100,000 students in over 200 schools in 6 school districts.
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!