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A Gift For Teaching - Seminole

"Stuff the Bus" Supply Drive Supports Seminole County students


McDonald's, Fox35 and Magic 107 teamed up with The Foundation to put school supplies in the hands of kids who need them most with the Stuff the Bus Supply Drive on Monday, August 5th.  We appreciate the support of these partners - and the community - for their support of students in Seminole County Public Schools.   


We accept donations year-round.  For a list of needed supplies, download the Stuff the Bus flyer here.  For more information on organizing a drive with your business or club, contact Becky Miller at 407-320-7768 or
Becky_Miller@scps.k12.fl.us

Free Store Distributes More Than $3.4 Million

The Free Store opened on March 13, 2010, and in that time has distributed more than $3.4 million in supplies to our students, teachers and classrooms.  The program has hosted more than 6,000 shopping visits, and provided 49,000 books and nearly 300,000 pencils, as well as numerous other supplies to our schools.  All of this has been made possible through the generous support of local businesses and individuals who have either donated supplies or time to the program.
 

Teacher Shopping Information

Teachers should review, download and sign the shopping policies form and bring it to the store.  A Gift for Teaching - Seminole serves teachers through two programs: The Monthly Shopping Program - teachers in 16 schools with more than 60% of students participating in the free and reduced lunch program have the opportunity to shop once a month.  Monthly Shopping Schools for 2013-2014 academic year:

- Altamonte Elementary
- Casselberry Elementary
- English Estates Elementary
- Forest City Elementary*
- Goldsboro Elementary*
- Hamilton Elementary
- Highlands Elementary*
- Idyllwilde Elementary
- Lake Orienta Elementary
- Midway Elementary
- Milwee Middle
- Pine Crest Elementary
- South Seminole Middle*
- Spring Lake Elementary
- Wicklow Elementary
- Winter Springs Elementary

*as of August 2013

Monthly Schools - Guidelines  Download and sign the form, and bring with you to the store.

The remaining 45 schools are eligible for the Representative Shopping Program.  These schools assign two representatives to shop for the entire school twice a month.  Teachers in these schools should contact their school administrators to determine eligibilty to shop.  Download and sign the form, and bring with you to the store.

Representative Schools - Guidelines

All eligible teachers employed by Seminole County schools must shop at the Seminole County Free Store location.  We appreciate your compliance with these guidelines.  Thank you!

History

In an effort to provide more support for Seminole County teachers, students and classrooms, The Foundation has partnered with another nonprofit organization, A Gift For Teaching, to start A Gift For Teaching – Seminole (AGFT–S), a Free Store for teachers in Seminole County.  A Gift For Teaching - Seminole celebrated its Grand Opening on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

A Gift For Teaching is a Central Florida nonprofit based in Orlando. Its vision is to ensure every child has both the basic learning tools and experiences they deserve to succeed in school and life. A Gift For Teaching had served Seminole County schools for years through its Orlando store location, but the distance hindered many of our teachers from taking advantage of this great resource for their classrooms.

Located conveniently in Sanford, AGFT-S serves every school in the District, with an emphasis on 17 schools with more than 60% of students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Teachers from those 17 schools have the opportunity to "shop" once a month for free for new and used supplies, including backpacks, school and office supplies, incentives and clothing items. The remaining District schools assign two representatives to shop for their schools twice a month. 

The need is clear. Many students come to school without the supplies they need to do their work. School budgets do not always cover the cost of providing these materials, so many times the burden falls to the teachers. On average, teachers spend $500-$1,000 of their own money on supplies for their students and classrooms each year. AGFT-S will provide yet one more way in which our community can support teachers, students and classrooms.

  

Get Involved – Stock the Shelves

It's easy to support A Gift For Teaching – Seminole. Donations of basic supplies like backpacks, pencils, papers, crayons and glue are always needed. Consider a supply closet clean-out and donate gently used office supplies such as staplers, file folders, scissors and paper clips. Marketing give-aways like mugs, magnets and note pads can find new life in a classroom. Teachers find creative uses for all of these items.  Donations can be dropped off at the store during office hours.  For ideas on organizing your drive, contact Becky Miller at 407-320-7768 or becky_miller@scps.us for help on getting your drive off on the right track.

Get Involved - Donate Your Time

Individuals and groups are needed year-round to sort donations, stock shelves and work the registration and checkout counters. This is a fun group activity for your organization or office team, too. High school students (minimum age 16) are welcome to volunteer and earn credit for Bright Futures scholarships.

Volunteer shifts:
Mondays:  9am - Noon
Tuesdays:  2pm - 6pm
Wednesdays: 1:30pm - 6pm
Thursdays:  9am - Noon
Saturdays (Ist & 3rd): 8:30am - 12:00pm

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Those Who Have Helped

  • CFE Federal Credit Union
  • Feed The Children
  • Florida Business Interiors
  • Mike and Terri Harding
  • Northland, a Church Distributed
  • Scholastic Book Fairs
  • Seminole County Public Schools
  • Walmart
  • Walt Disney World Co.


Contact, Hours & Location

A Gift For Teaching – Seminole (map)
1780 West Airport Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32771
407-320-7768

Store Facilitator: Becky Miller, Becky_Miller@scps.us

Shopping Hours as of Aug. 13, 2013:
Tuesdays, 2pm - 6pm
[last check-in at 5:30pm]
Wednesdays, 2pm - 6pm
[last check-in at 5:30pm]
1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9am - Noon
[last check-in at 11:30pm]

Office Hours:
Mondays and Thursdays, 8am - 5pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30am - 6pm
Fridays, 8am - Noon