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Free 2 Teach Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: To support public education in the three schools systems located in madison county, alabama by operating a volunteer-run free store.

Programs: Maintaining a store of office and school supplies that allows teachers from the three madison county, alabama school districts to shop for free for items to supplement their classroom needs

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free 2 Teach is an outstanding nonprofit, as a teacher, I directly see the impacts it has on the schools and classrooms in Madison County!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is a wonderful resource. Teachers can get many different kinds of supplies and for a Title I school, this saves teachers from having to use their own small paycheck to support their students.

Linda H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! I could not run my middle school art program without the help of Free 2 Teach! I do not have the words to say how valuable Free 2 Teach is to me and my students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free2Teach is truly a blessing for teachers. I have saved a great deal of money by shopping at Free2Teach. Thank you for supporting us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free 2 Teach is an amazing organization and resource for public school teachers. Teachers are invited to shop every other month at convenient times. Teachers may choose a specific number of line items in a 45 minutes shopping period. Items range from packs of pencils to classroom furniture.

While many items are offered in limited amounts (i.e. 4 packs of crayons, 2 reams of copy paper), there are many items that are unlimited or available in high volume (binders or books up to 100 per teacher).
Not only does Free 2 Teach offer supplies, they also offer to teachers the use of binding machines and die cutting machines any time they are open for shoppers.

Teachers who are leaving the profession may donate their book collections, classroom games, bulletin board sets, etc. thus recycling many valuable resources. I personally have picked up some fabulous finds from donated materials that my students love.

Free 2 Teach is a resource that is imperative to teachers who have students unable to provide their own supplies, and a limited classroom budget.

1 Brittany Brooks M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a second year teacher with Huntsville City Schools, and it was overwhelmingly difficult to get all of the supplies that I need without spending some of my own personal money until a co-worker told me about Free 2 Teach! This nonprofit allows me to get supplies for my students once every two months based on what my fifth-graders need! I could not be more grateful for them!

Felitta J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students have supplies that they probably would not have had otherwise. It’s always a smooth trip when I visit and everyone is so humble. It really adds to what we do daily. It’s a wonderful experience to know that we, teachers, are supported in educating, leading, and guiding the youth. Thank you; there is just not enough power in those two words to express my gratitude for the continued support of “Free To Teach.”
Genuinely,
One of Many

Advisor

Rating: 5

One of the first things I ask new teachers is.... have you heard of Free 2 Teach?!?

I have been visiting F2T for the last 4 years as a teacher. I just cannot express how THANKFUL I am for this foundation! Every other month, I get to go "shop" for school supplies and more... and it's all FREE for teachers! I am able to stock up on the BASICS (pencils, crayons, glue, etc) ...but that's not all! They also provide seasonal classroom decor, prizes for my classroom treasure box, "sanitary" items such as paper towels and kleenex, folders, tape, craft supplies... I never know what all I'll come out with, and that's half the fun!

Did I mention it is all FREE for me as a teacher?!

I work at a low income school where students may bring supplies, but they may not. It is such a great feeling to be able to provide for these students without having the dig into my own paycheck. THANK YOU Free 2 Teach for your generosity!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Free 2 Teach has provided my classroom with lots of the classroom needs. I have been able to reduce the amount of money I spend out of my own pocket and get basic teaching needs from Free 2 Teach. I have also found items such as a paper cutter, mat for the door, chair for an interpreter in my classroom and several items to use as class decorations. Free 2 Teach is an amazing resource for teachers and I can’t wait to go back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free 2 Teach has helped me supply items for my classroom. I do not have to worry about buying supplies or decorations for my room. They are the best! My kids are always excited to see what I bring back from my trip.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free to Teach offers vital support to teachers in Madison County. In the past two years, I have received over $1,000 in supplies and resources for my students. As the school librarian, I serve the entire school, and Free to Teach has supported instruction for all of these students in a variety of ways. First, I've been able to get basic supplies like paper, crayons, colored pencils, glue, pencils, scissors, etc. Second, I've gotten books, including classics and popular favorites. Third, I've garnered so many resources for my library Makerspace. Makerspaces allow students to explore creativity and technology as they solve problems and create new things. I love the quirky things I find there - like the emoji buttons that really get my students excited. This year, they used those emoji buttons and some ribbon (also found at Free to Teach) to make bookmarks for other students. These resources and more are why I love Free to Teach and value its contribution to my teaching community so much. The staff are always friendly, helpful, and supportive. This is an idea that should spread to other communities. It saves teachers money, helps them bring enriching activities to their students, and makes teachers feel valued and supported by the community.