Schoolhouse Supplies promotes educational equity in Portland area public schools by providing free school supplies to under-resourced students and classrooms. Our goal is to ensure that every child has access to the learning tools that allow them to achieve academic success, regardless of their family’s income or racial/ethnic identity.
Bottom Line for Portland
A donation to Schoolhouse Supplies helps support the education of local students beyond the first day of school. By the middle of the school year classrooms have used up over half the supplies they started with and at the under-resourced schools, we serve it is increasingly difficult to even start the school year with adequately stocked classrooms. We prioritize partnering with local schools where the highest percentages of children qualify for free or reduced lunch. Our partner schools are historically underfunded and because of this, teachers take on the financial burden: spending on average $500-$1,000 of their own money to help their students with the supplies they need.
Schoolhouse Supplies alleviates this financial burden on teachers and families by providing learning and teaching supplies throughout the school year, at no cost, to our partner schools. A successful campaign means we can provide even more supplies that children and teachers need to create learning environments that feel equitable and comfortable for all.
"My students show up to school with only the clothes on their backs. Schoolhouse Supplies allows for all my students to have materials that allow them to engage in lessons and grow as learners. With our high mobility rate, students that show up after the school year has started walk in knowing that they have everything they need to jump right into our classroom community!" - Amanda Lehman, 2nd-grade teacher, Glenfair Elementary School
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Schoolhouse Supplies we commit to include the voices of those we serve in every programmatic decision we make. Our commitment to educational equity means we must be advised from the students and teachers we serve as they come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, enriched with knowledge that creates positive community and organizational engagement and holistic decision making.
On November 1st, all donors who give $10 or more will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Straw. If you’re 35 and under: You have twice the chance of winning, as Fat Straw will be giving out a second gift certificate to one donor under the age of 36!
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