Compassion Coalition has been a leader in school aid to local schools since our inception in 1999. The national average that teachers spend on their own classroom supplies is $498, but when speaking with local teachers the costs far exceeded $498 due to the impoverished area that we are settled in Central New York.
In December of 2017, Compassion Coalition launched Central New York’s very first teacher free store: Equipped To Teach. This stylized store at our Lafayette St. location serves our local teachers whom are currently teaching in schools of 70% or higher free or reduced lunch with much needed educational products and tools for their classrooms completely free of charge. Teachers leave with between $700-$1,000 in free products to pass on to their students.
Since it’s our kick off in December of 2017, Equipped To Teacher has served 460 local educators with products for their classrooms.
Equipped To Teach is currently scheduling schools to shop by appointment.