Compassion Coalition’s: Equipped to Teach is Central New York’s first and only teacher free store, serving teachers in schools where 70% or more of the student population receives free or reduced lunch.
Compassion Coalition launched Equipped to Teach in the front entrance of their Lafayette St. location on December 3, 2017, allowing teachers to shop for much needed, brand new educational supplies for their students and classrooms. Who knows the needs of students more than the teachers who see them day in and day out?!
Due to the growing number of teachers being served, the quantity of brand new product being purchased, and donations from national sponsors, Compassion Coalition has decided to expand the location to their old Bargain Grocery site at 506 Columbia St. in Utica.
The new location will allow for 2,000 sq. ft. of retail space to host more teachers and more product. The grand opening will take place on April 29, 2019. Crayons, colored pencils, books, and more will line the walls and tables of the new location where eligible teachers can shop for free!
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