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Tools 4 Teaching

Helping Teachers in Local Classrooms is the One Goal of Tools 4 Teaching

With everything teachers do, they shouldn’t need to worry about school supplies. Tools 4 Teaching, which was created in early 2009, provides “Free” school supplies to teachers and students in our local classrooms. Located inside the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, Tools 4 Teachers is open to all full-time teachers who work for Marion County Public Schools.

Once a month, teachers can shop for needed classroom supplies. They can get everything they need from pencils, part, art supplies, and much more. Tools 4 Teachers is run with the help of volunteers and has given out more than $5,000,000 in school supplies!

We encourage you to watch a 30 second preview of the Tools 4 Teaching Store.

For volunteer or donation information, please contact the Foundation directly at (352) 671-4167.

The Tools 4 Teaching store will open for in-person shopping for MCPS Teachers starting Tuesday, September 19th .

MCPS Classroom teachers – If you would like to shop in-person at the Tools 4 Teaching store, please read the information below regarding scheduling your appointment online.

  • Teachers must pre-register for their in-person shopping date and time online at
  • You may only register to shop once per month
  • The T4T Store will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:15pm during the months of September through May. Specific dates and times will be indicated in the teacher portal when signing up.
  • The store will host up to 100 teachers during each of the shopping dates
  • Shopping times and appointments will be open to  book the appointments on a month to month schedule
  • If something happens and you need to reschedule an appointment, just log in and reschedule for an available time so your spot can open for another teacher
  • All supplies are FREE thanks to the generosity of our donors, and product availability may change month to month
  • Bring your own shopping bag and identification badge
  • No children will be allowed in the building at this time
  • Remember, all items are FREE and are intended to be used in your classroom or provided to a student in need
  • During certain shopping dates and times, community partners may help provide additional items for teachers
  • Online shopping orders/ “to-go boxes” are currently not available
  • The store is located inside the Public Education Foundation office at 1239 NW 4th Street, Ocala FL 34475

Click here to view the 2023-2024 Tools 4 Teaching Shopping Information.

Are you interested in donating school supplies to the Tools 4 Teaching Store?  


School Supplies

Backpacks • Composition books • Flash drives • Loose leaf paper • Pocket folders • Calculators • Crayons • Highlighters • Markers • Protractors • #2 Pencils • Divider tabs• 3-hole punches• Pens • Rulers • Colored pencils • Dry erase markers • Index cards • Pencil cases • Scissors • Compasses • Erasers • Journals • Pencil sharpeners • Spiral notebooks

Arts & Crafts

Clay • Felt squares • Glue sticks • Paint brushes • Chalk • Construction paper • Foam • Oil pastels • Poster boards • Tissue paper • Drawing pencils • Glue bottles • Paint • Scrapbook paper • Watercolors

Teaching Tools & Incentives

Binder and paper clips • Copy paper • File folders • Promotional products • Tape and tape dispensers • Binders • Desk organizers


Headphones • Staplers and staples • Tote bags • Bulletin boards • Ear buds – new • Sticky notes • Stickers • Toys and games (educational only)

Hygiene Items & Cleaning Supplies

Body wash • Deodorant • Hand sanitizer • Soap • Tissues • Cleaning wipe • Shampoo and conditioner • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Unfortunately, We Do Not Accept The Following:

Empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls • Industrial cleaning chemicals • Religious items • Tube TV screens or monitors• Used ink cartridges or outdated electronic devices
• File cabinets/Office furniture • Razors and razor blades • Rubber cement • Used carpet samples or squares  • Used stuffed animals or clothing

Interested in hosting a drive or have additional questions? Contact us today!

Thank you to our Tools 4 Teaching Supporters

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