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5 Ways To Get Free Classroom Supplies

5 Ways To Get Free Classroom Supplies

An article by Business Insider says “ while the federal government reports that teachers spend an average of $500 on school supplies, some teachers told us they spend as much as $1,000.”

With back to school season in full effect, teachers are searching for ways to hold on to their paychecks through this pandemic. 

School leaders and teachers are in unfamiliar territory and are being asked to learn a new learning management system in a matter of weeks. We know how determined and adaptable teachers are though, they will learn any new system their district rolls out - but let's help them concentrate on teaching, and not on purchasing classroom supplies. 

Here are 5 ways to get free supplies for your classroom: 

  1. Amazon Wish List - Is used as a gift registry. Most people create a wish list for birthdays, baby/wedding registry, anniversaries, or specials occasions. However, teachers can use this platform to create a list of supplies needed for their classroom. Once the list is created, you then share it with your family and friends on social media. Familiarity and fast shipping makes this platform easy to use. 
  2. ClearTheList - Is a movement that has taken over social media with its generosity. Now, they have a platform linked with Tree3 to help you create your own wish list. Here is a step by step guide to create your list. The value of creating a wish list with these guys is that you can earn monetary donations on every purchase for your school.
  3. DonorsChoose - Was created in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx. Their support allows teachers from around the country to request much needed supplies. Here is a step by step guide on how to create a project. You can create your own project in under 20 minutes and be eligible to receive materials from donors across the country.
  4. Half Price Books - Is my favorite bookstore to visit on the weekends. As part of their Million Book Donation Project, they will donate to educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. Here is the book donation request form to get you started.
  5. Twitter - Of all the social media outlets out there, Twitter is hands down the one to leverage for free school supplies. Many philanthropic organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs are always looking to help teachers. The key to Twitter is to develop and build relationships with as many people as you can. So your Twitter family can spread your classroom needs organically. You never know who you will meet on Twitter so always be ready for a conversation. Here is a free guide on how to leverage twitter. 


Whether you are a new or veteran teacher, materials and supplies will always be on the back to school list. However, just because they’re on your list of needs doesn’t mean you need to fund them from your own pocket! Asking for help and support from the community is a beautiful way for all of us to invest in building a better future together!

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