Teachers often spend as much as $500 of their own money…some probably more…buying supplies for their students and materials for their classrooms. Over half of Seminole County’s student population qualifies for the free or reduced meals program. The need for help is district-wide.
Tools 4 Seminole Schools collects, stores and distributes school supplies and classroom materials to help alleviate this burden from teachers and low-income parents. The store has everything from pencils, notebooks, crayons and glue to tissues, socks and underwear… whatever is needed for students to be in school, ready to learn.
Teachers “shop” for free and select what they need – and what their students’ need.
How You Can Help
Participate in a School Supply Drive. Our Summer School Supply Drive is one now and you can participate by downloading the tool kit. You can host a traditional supply drive or try our new virtual supply drive option. Our goal is to keep our shelves stocked all year with new school supplies, but we need support from the community. Due to the current economic situation, we anticipate a greater need for our most vulnerable students for the 2020-2021 school year.
Donate to Tools 4 Seminole Schools. Tools 4 Seminole Schools can leverage the funds to purchase supplies at deep discounts.
Since opening in 2010, the free store has hosted more than 24,200 shopping visits, distributed more than $14.9 million in supplies to our students, teachers and classrooms including over 205,000 books and nearly 1.7 million pencils. For the 2019 – 2020 school year alone, the store distributed $1.3 million in product.
The store is funded through The Foundation and primarily supported by grants, corporate giving, individual donors and our annual supply drive every summer. Local businesses, community organizations and individuals collect thousands of schools supplies to keep the shelves stocked all year long.
For SCPS Educators
Early Shop Days Begin August 1st
- Saturday, August 1st, 9 AM – 1:30 PM
- Tuesday, August 4th, 12 – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday, August 5th, 12 – 5:30 PM
Teacher Shopping Days (Aug. – April*)
- Tuesdays 1 – 5:30 PM
- Wednesdays 1 – 5:30 PM
- Designated Saturdays 9 AM – 1:30 PM
(Aug. 1, Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 27)
Store Address: 1780 West Airport Blvd., Sanford, FL 32771
*Day and hours may vary depending on the SCPS calendar. Please call 407-320-7768 for details.
Looking for a virtual option to shop Tools 4 Seminole Schools? Monthly shoppers can now order T4SS Tool Bags! Refer to The Foundation section of The Insider for additional information on all shopping options, policies, forms and other frequently asked questions.