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 a 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. If you prefer to donate directly to CFBNJ, please contact Ruth Todd for instructions.

Our Tools 4 Schools program is a proud member of The Kids in Need Foundation network, a charitable organization founded in 1995 with a mission of ensuring that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. To find out more, please visit www.KINF.org.

Most Needed Items:

  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ copy paper*
  • Notebooks (spiral and composition)*
  • Binders*
  • Colored Pencils
  • Backpacks*
  • Glue Sticks
  • Staplers
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Pencil Cases

*Urgently needed now

Kids Division is now accepting 2014/2015 applications
for our Tools 4 Schools Program

Please complete the 2014/2015 application with all required documents.
The deadline is 
Friday, October 17, 2014

Click Here to download the enrollment packet

Any questions or concerns contact Ruth Todd —Director of Kids Division at (908) 355-3663 ext. 301 or email at rtodd@cfbnj.org.

Applications can be emailed to rtodd@cfbnj.org, or faxed to 908-355-0431  (Attn: Ruth Todd—Director of Kids Division).

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

Please complete the enrollment packet and submit with your school roster.  If your school participated in last year’s orientation you do not have to attend this year.  Only NEW schools or NEW Liaisons must attend an orientation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Tools 4 Schools Program.

Schools must have 70%  or more of the students at this school 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 over 210 schools and educational programs in Newark, Elizabeth, Irvington, Paterson, Plainfield, Jersey City, East Orange, New Brunswick, Hillside, Orange, and Perth Amboy.

Need instructions on how to use the appointment system? Please contact Ruth Todd for instructions. 

Click here for: New Teacher Registration, Existing Teacher Registration or to Schedule or Cancel a Visit

The Tools 4 Schools program serves only public K to 12 schools in qualified districts. We are not accepting applications from Preschool Programs at this time.

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, many individuals and community groups also donate items or hold supply drives.