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Sept. 5, 2017 - CORE Store Begins Second Year

 

The CORE (Classroom Resources for Education) Store provides an opportunity for every Plano ISD student to have the supplies required for success in school by giving teachers an opportunity to shop for school supplies that have been donated by community groups, corporations and individuals. Thanks to our generous community and just in time for North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 14, the CORE Store begins its second year of operation providing school supplies to teachers at no cost. 

Local businesses and organizations have generously supported the store in this new school year. Supplies have been received from Altair Global, Sewell Mini of Plano, Infinitude Creative Group, Cornwell Jackson Certified Public Accountants, United Methodist Church Custer Road, Walmart and CapitalOne just to name a few. Kroger recently donated $32,000 in supplies. Donations to the store are accepted year round every Tuesday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The store is located at 3900 W. 15th Street, Suite 102 in space donated by Medical City Plano.

Thanks to donors, the CORE Store had almost $200,00 in stock beginning the school year. Approximately $75,000 in items have already been distributed to 429 teachers who have shopped during the first two weeks of school. Last school year a total of 728 teachers shopped at the store, so in the first two weeks of this year, the store has already served over half as many shoppers as the entire 2016-17 school year.

Survey data has  shown that in Plano ISD 82% of teachers surveyed said they spend $100 or more in a typical year on teaching supplies for their classroom, with 15% spending $500 or more. Current data indicates that district wide 30% of Plano ISD students are eligible for free and reduced lunch and in some Title I schools the need is more than 80%.

Teachers shop by appointment. Shopping hours are 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and select Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Currently, teachers receive invitations through their campus principals. In October, teachers will be able to sign up for shopping times.

Some items are always needed especially this year when displaced students from Hurricane Harvey are expected to be joining our district. Needs include:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Spirals Notebooks
  • Dividers
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Permanent Markers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Construction Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sticky notes
  • Tissues
  • Wipes

Teachers and students are grateful for the generous donations to the CORE Store. We are hopeful that community support will continue to grow to meet the needs of our dedicated teachers which ultimately benefits students.