It's More Than Just Tools

Together, We're Creating Opportunity In The Classroom

We’re excited to announce our newest program, the DEF Core Store. the Dothan Education Foundation’s CORE Store will work with the community to provided basic CORE school supplies needed in the classroom at no charge for eligible Dothan City School teachers throughout the year within its brick and mortar location, located at 1928 Wise Drive in Dothan, Alabama.

Reduce Teacher Personal Spending

Did you know on average Dothan City School teachers spend approximately up to $600 out of their own pocket on needed school supplies for their classrooms and students in need outside of annual stipends? Together we’re committed to doing more. By working together to provide teachers the needed support of basic school supplies, we’re able to boost morale within the classroom and help to improve the quality of instruction.

“Sometimes I just have to force myself to stop buying supplies because I’m spending all my money. It keeps me from doing project-based learning with social studies, reading, and math.” – Dothan City School Teacher


Support Our Students In Need

Dothan City Schools serves nearly 9,000 students to include areas of Head Start, Pre-school, K-12 and a career and technical center. 72% of the student population receive free and reduced lunch on the National School Lunch Program. Each year, many students cannot afford the basic supplies needed within the classroom. It is our belief that by helping to support student supplies, at-risk populations can enter the classroom at an equal playing field, ready to learn.

“Some students do not have their supplies and they are not prepared for what we are doing. They have to wait on me to go buy the supplies for them to use. I never let my students go without. I always use personal money to buy what they need.”- Dothan City School Teacher


I'm A DCS Teacher

DCS teachers who are interested in shopping within the CORE Store, click the school icon to find more information on eligibility, registration and shopping times.

I'm A Sponsor

Are you interested in helping to support education by mobilizing needed supplies into classrooms for teachers and students? Join us and support the CORE! Click the business icon to find out more!

I'm A Volunteer

Looking to host a supply drive, donate supplies or volunteer at the store? Connect with us! We know volunteers are the CORE to every operation. Click the volunteer icon to connect with us!


When will it open?
The first grantee only shopping night will be Monday, February 17th from 3-6 p.m. The approved, registered teacher shopping will be Wednesday, February 19th from 3-6 p.m.

What is the goal of the DEF CORE Store?
The goal of the DEF CORE Store is to help reduce out-of-pocket teacher spending on “Core” classroom supplies and to assist low-income students with needed day-to-day supplies.

Where does the CORE Store get product?
The CORE Store will work to get product from donations. Sponsorships, monetary donations and grants will help the store operate and keep an influx of product. The CORE Store will also work with the community to host supply drives and work with business to reduce stock at key times of the year, lessen the impact of packaging or logo changes, and the occasional over-order and providing an outlet for seasonal inventory.

CORE Supplies are basic supplies that are needed within the classroom that teachers most often spend their own money replacing throughout the year or providing for students in need. Many of these supplies are often found on school supply lists. They include:

  • Binders
  • Cleaning Supplies and Paper Goods
  • Colored Pencils
  • Copy Paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Paper (Filler, Card Stock and Construction)
  • Pencils
  • Pens