The average teacher spends $900–$1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies each year. Started as a collaboration between GCS, GEA and numerous community partners, the Teacher Supply Warehouse is designed to help offset that cost by offering GCS educators new and gently used classroom supplies at no cost. GCS educators can shop at the Warehouse up to four times a year.

Want an easy way to make a big impact? This is it!

Donate new or gently used items to help us keep the shelves of the Warehouse stocked. If you don’t need it, donate it. We guarantee a teacher can use it!

 

Our Most-Needed Supplies

Guilford Education Alliance Teacher Supply Warehouse
Guilford Education Alliance Teacher Supply Warehouse

How It Works

  • GCS teachers shop for items at no cost up to four times in a school year.
  • Only one shopping visit is allowed in a given month.
  • At each visit, GCS teachers are given a budget of points to use on high-demand items like paper, notebooks and crayons. In addition, teachers may take what they need from the “free” area in the Warehouse, which is stocked with a wide variety of new and gently used items.
  • Due to space and resource limitations, the Warehouse does not serve charter schools, private schools, home schools or Guilford County residents who teach in other school districts.

How You Can Help

  • Host: Host a supply drive at your business, church, civic club, book club—any place you’d like! Email us to learn more.
  • Donate: Donate money, new supplies or gently used items. Monetary donations allow GEA to purchase our most needed supplies. Donated items can dropped off at GEA from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday. If you have it, we guarantee a GCS teacher can use it! To make an online donation, click here.
  • Volunteer: We need you! Sorting items or helping teachers shop are just two of the ways you or your group can volunteer. To view our current volunteer needs and to sign up to help, click here.

High-Demand New Supplies Needed

Dry-erase markers, colored copy paper, copy paper, pencil boxes and pencil pouches, pencil sharpeners, two-pocket folders with prongs, glue sticks, colored pencils, colored markers, hand sanitizer, facial tissue, kid-sized scissors, adult scissors and sticky notes.

ITEMS WE CANNOT ACCEPT: Hazardous materials, desks and furniture, projectors and computers, open/used house paint and electronics.

Gently Used Teacher Favorites

Stickers, yarn, art supplies, paint, envelopes, labels, organizational bins and containers, baskets, buttons, seashells, staples, paper clips, sheet protectors, party supplies, holiday decor, small toys and games for their prize boxes. Teachers also love your company’s old logo items, such as mugs, sticky notes, pins, stationery, etc. If you aren’t sure, call us at 336-841-4332!

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Teacher Shopping Visits 2018-19
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New Teachers Served 2018-19
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Community Volunteer Hours 2018-19
Some photos courtesy of Ivan Saul Cutler.