Tools 4 Teaching


Tools 4 Teaching exists for one reason – to help teachers in our local classrooms.

Created in early 2009, Tools 4 Teaching provides “Free” school supplies to teachers and students in our local classrooms.  Tools 4 Teaching, located inside the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, is open to all full-time teachers working for Marion County Public Schools. Teachers can shop once a month for needed classroom supplies – everything from pencils, paper, art supplies and much more.  With the help of many volunteers, the T4T store has given out more than $5,000,000 in school supplies!    Watch a 30 second preview of the Tools 4 Teaching StoreFor volunteer or donation information please contact the foundation at 352-671-4167.

MCPS Classroom teachers – If you would like to shop, please read the information below regarding scheduling your appointment and register online following the instructions.


  • Teachers must pre-register for a shopping date and time
  • You may only shop once per month.
  • Shopping times and appointments will be open to  book the appointments on a monthly schedule – (September dates will be open after August 15th.) 
  • If something happens and you need to reschedule an appointment, just log in and reschedule for an available time.
  • All supplies are FREE 
  • Using the attached Request for Shopper form, a teacher may shop for one additional teacher –BOTH teachers must be registered for the same day and time
  • 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

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
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