Teacher Supply Store: Next Shopping Day is Sept. 20

More than 400 teachers shopped at the Teacher Supply Store during recent “grand opening” shopping events.  To fill unmet classroom needs, all Suffolk school teachers will be able to “shop” monthly for items at no cost to themselves.

The next “shopping day” is Thursday, Sept. 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The next community donation day is Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   A list of most requested items can be found at the end of this article.

September to December “Shopping Days”
                                Oct. 4              Nov. 1             Dec. 6
Sept. 20             Oct. 11           Nov. 8             Dec. 13
Sept. 27             Oct. 18           Nov. 15
………………………Oct. 25           Nov. 29

What’s the purpose of the Teacher Supply Store?
The SPS Teacher Supply Store will offer Suffolk Public School teachers the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies on a monthly basis.   This initiative is a partnership with the Suffolk Education Foundation.

Where is it located?
The teacher supply store will be housed at the former Driver Elementary School building located at 4270 Driver Ln, Suffolk, VA 23435.

What’s the schedule for the store?
The store will be open every Thursday from 2:30-6:00 pm. During the 2018-19 school year the store will be open September 13 through April 26. Please note, the store will be closed on Thursday Dec. 20 and over Spring Break. The store will also open during extended hours on preservice days and on some teacher work days. Special store openings will be posted on the SPS website.

Does the Teacher Supply Store replace the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers usually receive?No. The Teacher Supply Store is in addition to the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers receive.

How often may I shop?
Teachers may shop once a month in the store.

Who is eligible to shop at the Teacher Supply Store?
Any teacher in Suffolk Public Schools who works in a school building directly with students. This includes classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, resource teachers, Title I Teachers etc.

What’s the process for shopping in the store? How does it work?
Teachers will be given a designated amount of “STAR Credit” each month to spend in the store. Once teachers arrive, they should follow the steps below to shop:

  1. Display your SPS badge to the Teacher Supply Store Associate or volunteers when you arrive
  2. You will receive a shopping bag.
  3. Shop for your items up to the maximum STAR Credit value
  4. Complete a brief store Check Out Form on your SMART Device or on the store computer.
  5. Check out at the counter with a Store Associate

 

What types of supplies do you have in the store?
The store is stocked with everything from copy paper to markers, pencils, chart paper, glue sticks, office supplies, art paper and much, much more. The stock of the store may vary from, month to month based on donations that are provided to the store. But in general, teachers can expect to find a wide range of useful classroom resources on our shelves.

What’s the process for getting supplies for students who are unable to purchase school supplies?
School administrators and Guidance Counselors should contact our Parent Relations Facilitator, Bonnie Maki at 934-6202 if supplies are needed for specific students in your school. We are happy to coordinate with you individually to provide an opportunity for counselors and principals to come to the store to pick up items for students in need.

Community Donation Day
Thursday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the Teacher Supply Store, located in the former Driver Elementary School
(4270 Driver Ln, Suffolk, VA 23435)

Binders … Children’s Books … Colored Pencils … Composition Books … Construction Paper … Copy Paper … Disinfecting Wipes (Lysol only, not Clorox on any with bleach) … Dry Erase Markers … File folders … Glue sticks … Hand sanitizer … Legal pads … Loose Leaf Paper … Markers … Paper clips … Pencils … Prize box items … Sticky notes … Tissues … Young Adult Books … Ziplock Baggies 

 

How to Volunteer — Sign up here.
The Suffolk Education Foundation will coordinate the volunteer schedule, but if you are interested in helping on “shopping days” and/or with behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities, please contact Bethanne Bradshaw, the division’s Public Information & Community Relations Officer, at 757.925.6752 or bethannebradshaw@spsk12.net

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