Palm Beach County Teachers Could Get Help Stocking Their Classrooms

Aug 13, 2015

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County wants to set up a free school supply store for teachers working in the district's poorest schools.
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Palm Beach County teachers soon could be able to stock their classrooms for free.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County says it hopes to open a school supply store in the spring for teachers working in Palm Beach County's poorest schools.

Christina Lambert with the foundation says teachers will be able to visit the store often.

“We hope that we’re able to provide an opportunity for these teachers to shop monthly," she says, "and to get about $200 worth of supplies each time they shop.”

The shop will have basics like paper, pencils and crayons. But also new clothes for students who might need them.

The group is surveying teachers to make sure supplies match classroom lessons.

Teachers say they spend about $500 a year of their own money getting their classrooms ready for the start of school, according to national surveys.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County says it has raised $100,000 so far. But the group wants to raise another $50,000 and needs a low-cost warehouse.