School Supplies Drive
Pencils and Paper
The program "operates a free store to serve the educational and creative needs of children in the Greater Rochester area by providing school supplies to teachers at high poverty schools. If a family struggles to afford food, school supplies don't top the list of necessities and it is difficult for a child to learn without access to basics such as pencils, paper and crayons. Moreover, studies show that teachers typically spend between $500 and $1,200 of their own money each year so that their students have supplies."
How Pencils and Paper Works
According to their website "Schools in Monroe County in which 70% or more of students are eligible for free and reduced meals are invited to participate in the program on a school by school basis. Teachers from enrolled schools are then invited to shop for free school supplies once per semester. As Pencils & Paper's capacity grows, additional schools will be enrolled for shopping privileges.
Pencils & Paper is stocked with basic classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, pens, glue, markers, art supplies, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes and much, much more. Most items are new. There is no cash register in the store as everything in the store is free. Items can only be used for the benefit of students in need in our community."
Most Needed Items
The most needed items are the following:
- Crayons (24 count; Crayola preferred)
- Blue Bottles (at least 4oz; Elmers's preferred)
- Washable Markers (8 count assorted colors; Crayola preferred)
- Disinfecting Wipes Canisters (at least 35 count, Clorox or Lysol preferred)
- Dry Erase Markers (4 or 8 count assorted colors; EXPO preferred)
- BAND_AID Boxes (at least 100 count)
Pencils and Paper also accepts monetary donations, you can donate here.