Portland, September 3rd, 2013. Backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to nearly 13,000 children across the Portland area. Hundreds of Schoolhouse Supplies sponsors and community partners volunteered to pack the bags at the annual “Pack-a-Palooza.” (Photo credit, Andie Petkus.)
The Schoolhouse Supplies Tools for Schools program provides backpacks full of supplies to 25 area schools where 65% or more of the student population live at or below the poverty line. The program pairs community business sponsors with each school. The businesses also have the honor of handing out their donations to happy kids.
We were founded in 1999 as a way to support students and teachers throughout Portland Public Schools. We operate Oregon’s first and only volunteer-run Free Store to provide teachers with the classroom supplies needed to encourage the learning process for all students. Today, we are a nationally recognized leader in the Free Store movement, which creates direct links between students and members of the community.