Did you know on average Wiregrass 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
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. We are excited to also support Houston and Henry County teachers and students with more than 8,800 students and 630 teachers to our service area.
“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
When is it open?
Our brick and mortar store is open on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the first Saturday of the Month from 9 a.m. to 12 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 Dothan Education Foundation’s CORE Store is a partner with the Kids In Need Foundation as a resource center. KINF supports free teachers supply stores, like ours to distribute much-needed school supplies to students who would otherwise go without through national partners and corporate donations. More about the KINF and its other resource centers can be found online at www.kinf.org
The CORE Store also works to get product from generous donations. Sponsorships, monetary donations and grants help the store operate and keep an influx of product. The CORE Store also works with the community to host supply drives and 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: