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Store house for T e a c h e r s' mission is to provide educational supplies to economically disadvantaged children, by securing and delivering resources to teachers which enable, support, and enhance education.
In the best of circumstances, Pittsburgh school teachers would have all the supplies and equipment they need to bring the highest-quality education to our region's core resource and future workforce: over 30,000 public school children. But as with school districts across the nation, our educational system is overtaxed by budget shortfalls, overcrowding, and mounting pressure to meet ambitious achievement standards. School districts across the nation have slashed classroom supplies budgets. Research indicates that school teachers spend on average $1,200 of their own money annually* (National Education Association Report, see www.adoptaclassroom.com) so that their students can have the basic classroom supplies. This giving instinct is commendable but inadequate and inconsistent. Our children deserve the finest classroom materials to enable teachers to meet the challenging goals set for each child's academic achievement.
Store house for T e a c h e r s will be a retail-style "free store" where teachers can shop for their students at no cost. At the same time, product donors are not only enriching the community but also receiving a generous tax deduction of up to 2x their cost.
Storehouse for Teachers procures surplus inventory of materials in three primary areas - basic school supplies, educational tools, and incentives/prizes. Basic school supplies are consumables that every K-8 educator needs on hand to provide adequate educational experience in the classroom. These may include products such as pencils, crayons, paper, glue sticks, binders and notebooks. Failure to have adequate supplies of these products can inhibit a child's success in the classroom. Thus, and as in other successful school donation programs, SFT will consistently budget a percentage of income to compliment ongoing product donations in order to ensure the consistent and adequate availability of these basic supplies.The result: students who are properly equipped to learn, and teachers who have to tools necessary to facilitate and promote excellence in educational achievement.
- Nicholas Cole
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