Tools 4 Schools

“I’ve seen kids come to school on the first day of school with no supplies at all,” an elementary school teacher from Paterson told us. “It’s hard for kids if their parents can’t afford the needed supplies.”

“I look for sales starting in July and end up spending $400 to $500 of my own money,” to help these kids, she added.

Back-to-school shopping can take a bite out of any family’s budget, but for many children there is no money for supplies – not even paper and pencils. That’s where the Tools 4 Schools program in our Kids Division comes in. One teacher recently told us about the relief on a student’s face when she was able to simply offer a pen to use. Right now is the perfect time to help kids and classrooms in need.


Donated funds are happily accepted and greatly appreciated — click here to donate to Tools 4 Schools.

To donate school supplies, The Kids in Need Foundation is the best option, as it provides us with many of the items we give teachers.

Our Tools 4 Schools program is a proud member of The Kids in Need Foundation network, a charitable organization founded in 1995 with the mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

Most Needed Items:

  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ copy paper*
  • Notebooks (spiral and composition)
  • Binders
  • Crayons
  • Backpacks*
  • Glue sticks
  • Staplers
  • Pencil cases
  • Loose-leaf paper (lined)*

*Urgently needed now

Kids Division is now accepting 2015/2016 applications
for our Tools 4 Schools Program


Applications can be emailed to Alexia Witherspoon or faxed to 908-355-0431  (Attn: Alexia Witherspoon).

Our Tools 4 Schools program provides free classroom supplies through our Resource Center, our free classroom supply store for teachers. Teachers from participating schools may shop for free supplies twice every school year.

Please complete the agreement form and submit it with your school roster. Liaisons are required to attend our one-hour training prior to participation.

Schools must have 70 percent or more of the students qualify for assistance under the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program. Please remember school liaisons must attend an orientation prior to the school being approved. Last year, we served more than 210 schools and educational programs in Newark, Elizabeth, Irvington, Paterson, Plainfield, Jersey City, East Orange, New Brunswick, Hillside, Orange, Perth Amboy, Roselle, Passaic and Linden.

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The Tools 4 Schools program serves only public K to 12 schools in qualified districts, as well as select charter schools.

The Resource Center is stocked by staff members and hard-working volunteers, and our supplies are donated. While many of our items come from manufacturers, retailers and our sponsors, individuals and community groups also donate items or hold supply drives.