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          Ready for Another Year

Since 2018, Suffolk Public Schools and the Suffolk Education Foundation have teamed up to bring the SPS teachers a unique Teacher Supply Store.  To fill unmet classroom needs, all Suffolk school teachers can “shop” monthly for items at no cost to themselves. These free supplies supplement their classroom and help students in need throughout the school year. 

The store is open Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., housed at John F. Kennedy Middle School.  The store opens in August and remains open until May each year.



If you are interested in helping on “shopping days” and/or with behind-the-scenes volunteer

opportunities, please contact Lesa McNamara, store manager, at

Monetary donations will be accepted, as well as donations of office and school supplies. Contact Lesa McNamara, store manager, at

NOW SHOP ON AMAZON!  Click the button above to see what the teacher store needs and you can purchase items on Amazon and they will be delivered straight to the Teacher Supply Store.

The store welcomes regular donations of supplies, or cash donations.  Or you can donate time by

re-stocking on Wednesdays or assisting teachers on Thursdays. 

Nationwide, it is estimated that more than 15 million children don't have the resources they need to succeed in school … and that teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms due to a lack of school funding.  That computes to teachers spending close to $500 of their own money to give all students the basics for success.  

Unfortunately, a year of virtual education has increased the need … as many students lacked the supplies at home needed to participate and learn online.  At the start of the 2020-21 school year, the Suffolk Education Foundation provided 800 virtual learning kits to families in need throughout the city.  The kits included earbuds, whiteboard, dry-erase markers, pencils, paper and other items, but they ran out before the distribution was scheduled to end.  

Our foundation also worked with Suffolk Public Schools to secure 500 mobile internet devices to assist families with online learning.  Many parts of the city do not have adequate Internet services, so the mobile hotspots allowed those students to connect to their classes during the 2020-21 school year.


Here is a list of items that we always need for the store.  Please pick up some extras when you are shopping or just shop on Amazon and have them delivered directly to us through the link above.

  • 3 prong folders – paper assorted colors

  • 3 prong folders – plastic assorted colors

  • 1" binders

  • 2" binders  

  • Binder clips – small, medium and large

  • Colored pencils – 12 count

  • Composition books

  • Crayola crayons – 24 count

  • Earbuds 

  • Expo dry erase markers – black, blue, red, green

  • Expo white board cleaner

  • Filler paper – college ruled

  • Filler paper – wide ruled  

  • Filler paper – graph ruled

  • Glue sticks

  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners - with covers

  • Highlighters - any color

  • Index cards – 3 x 5 ruled

  • Markers - 10 pack fine point

  • Markers - 10 pack classic

  • Paper clips – standard size and  jumbo

  • Pencils

  • Pencil cases

  • Pens – black, blue & red ink

  • Rulers - 12 inch and centimeters

  • Sharpie fine point markers – black, blue, red

  • Sharpiesultra fine point markers – black, blue, red

  • Sheet protectors with 3-ring holes for binders

  • Spiral notebooks – single subject

  • Tissues

  • Ziplock bags – gallon size

  • Ziplock bags – sandwich size

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