The national average that teachers spend on their own classroom supplies is $498 per year, but when speaking with local teachers, we learned that the cost far exceeded that. Compassion Coalition strives to ensure that corporate donor’s products get into the hands of those who need them most.
Our goal was simple: allow teachers to choose the products their students need. Through our innovative and self-sustaining funding, we are able to purchase much-needed basic product and join forces with large corporate donors to ensure that educational tools are going to those who need them most.
In December of 2017, Compassion Coalition launched Central New York’s very first and only teacher free store: Equipped To Teach. This stylized store at our Lafayette Street location serves our local teachers whom are currently teaching in schools of 70% or higher free or reduced lunch. Teachers leave with between $700-$1,000 in free products to pass on to their students.
In our first quarter, Equipped to Teach has served 460 plus local educators.
Equipped To Teach is currently scheduling schools to shop by appointment.