In order to be able to shop in our Teacher Free Store, teachers must be lead classroom teachers or preschool program directors employed at a school where at least 60% of the students qualify for the USDA’s National School Lunch Program.
Please note: Preschools must complete an application process before they are able to shop at Crayons to Computers.
If your school does not qualify, we can still help! Teachers from area schools that do not qualify can take advantage of our Volunteer to Shop Program! For 3 hours of volunteer time, teachers receive a shopping certificate for one shopping trip in our Teacher Free Store.
If you do qualify, here are some other programs you might benefit from:
Mobile outreach program
We launched our Mobile Outreach Program (MOP) in 2014, with the support of Impact 100. This program had the ultimate goal of implementing an alternative shopping experience for teachers faced with geography, time, and access barriers to using the Teacher Free Store. Since its inception teachers have shopped the MOP over 6,000 times, impacting more than 25,000+ students with more than $1.4 million worth of free school supplies.
For the 2016–17 school year the MOP will serve:
- 12 counties
- 72+ schools
- 39,000 students and 3,200 teachers
Here at Crayons to Computers, we recognize the value and crucial importance of early childhood education. This core value led us to create a strategic plan that creates an effort to support preschool programs for children ages 3–5 within our 16-county radius.
The monumental success of our pre-school program has allowed us to greatly increase the amount of young children we serve, and we therefore partnered with 4C for Children during the 2013–2014 school year. Thanks to this partnership the application process to become a member has been greatly facilitated. We encourage you to apply to the Preschool Program as long as the criteria to shop in our Teacher Free Store are met.
School Outreach Coordinator