Getting free school supplies is a must for any teacher. If you’re a teacher, you’re probably used to going without certain classroom “bells and whistles” due to low materials budget. Many teachers even dip into their own paychecks to fund special classroom projects.
The organizations and resources listed here are doing the best they can to help teachers nationwide.
If you’re one of our country’s hard-working teachers, KCL salutes you — and we hope this list can help you find what you need without paying a dime of your own money to do it!
Check out our back-to-school deals page to find some great ways to save on school supplies this year.
And don’t forget to download the official KCL app for more tips and freebies.
1. Adopt a Classroom donates bulk free school supplies to teachers.
If you want to know how to apply for free bulk school supplies, Adopt a Classroom makes it easy for teachers to connect with donors who wish to give. Register your classroom online to begin connecting with donors through crowdfunding, corporate sponsors, or grants.
You can spend your donation money any time through their online marketplace and get the supplies sent directly to your school. All donations are tax-deductible for donors.
2. Request classroom supplies and start a fundraising campaign with Donors Choose.
Donors Choose is a smart way to get classroom supplies. It’s a nonprofit organization that helps teachers create fundraising campaigns (similar to Indiegogo or Kickstarter). For all projects that get fully funded, Donors Choose handles purchase and shipping of supplies right to the teacher’s classroom.
3. Make a school supply list of all your classroom essentials on Class Wish.
Class Wish lets you create your ideal school supply list and shows donors exactly what you need for your classroom. The process is super simple and only takes about a minute. All donations are tax-deductible for donors.
4. Teachers can get 5-20% back on parents’ Staples purchases to use for school supplies.
For teachers to be eligible and receive this store credit, you must sign up for Staples Classroom Rewards and register as a teacher on the rewards page. You will automatically receive $5 into your account.
5. Get technology grants from Digital Wish.
Digital Wish awards teachers over 50 technology grants each month. All you have to do is register your classroom and type up a lesson plan based on technology, then review the guidelines and fill out the online application form. Each month’s winners are announced after the 15th of the month.
There are some specific criteria you have to meet for the grants, like tech integration and creative concepts, but I don’t think anyone will have a problem with that in 2020.
6. Search for free bulk school supplies like stationery, pens, and pencils from NAEIR.
NAEIR (National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources) is a nationwide organization that offers teachers a way to get free school supplies like pencils, pens, scissors, and highlighters for their classrooms. Here’s a full list of what they offer.
Teachers who register on the website will only have to pay a small processing and handling charge, but shipping is totally free.
7. Find free teacher supplies for your classroom on Freecycle.
While Freecycle isn’t set up for teachers per se, teachers themselves swear by it. Basically, people list free stuff they don’t want. You can also request items you’re looking for. I even saw someone giving away first grade workbooks for free!
8. Request free books from halfpricebooks.com.
Half Price Books accepts donation requests from educators and nonprofits that focus on literacy, the environment, or education.
Once the application has been approved, Half Price Books will send you an email to the email address provided and you can pick up your books or other media at the nearest Half Price Books location.
Keep in mind there’s a 60-day advance notice required for Half Price Book donation requests.
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