Plano ISD Education Foundation's CORE Store for Teachers is Open
September 23, 2016
The Plano ISD Education Foundation's CORE (Classroom Resource for Education) Store for teachers opened earlier this month. The store is centrally located at 3900 W. 15th Street in Plano in space donated by Medical Center of Plano.
Supported by community donations and corporate sponsors, such as Capital One, Kroger and Medical Center of Plano, this store is helping teachers help students without having to dip into their own pockets to do so. If you would like to help stock the store, please contact the Education Foundation by phone 469/752-8272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of our student population do not come to school with needed supplies. Many do not even have pencils or notebook paper, much less a notebook or spiral that is necessary for class. I purchase many of these at sale prices when offered at stores. — Plano ISD Teacher
Here is some information about the store's mission, vision and goal.
Mission: To help all students in the Plano Independent School District succeed in the classroom by equipping teachers with donated classroom resources.
Vision: Every Plano ISD student has the school supplies required to succeed in school.
Goal: The store will become a member of the Kids in Need Foundation’s national network of teacher resource centers.
16,164 students in Plano ISD (30%) qualify for free or reduced cost meals, more than half of whom (8,776) are enrolled in identified Title 1 campuses. In a Plano ISD teacher survey, 82% of respondents said they spend $100 or more in a typical year on teaching supplies for their classroom, with 15% spending $500 or more. “Clearly there is need, and thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, there is a safety net for students and their teachers,” said Education Foundation Development Director Kristin Alexander.
According to the 2015 Kids in Need Foundation School Supply Survey Impact Report (www.kinf.org), access to quality school supplies have an immense or significant impact on:
93% of Plano ISD teachers surveyed indicated that access to free school supplies for their students is CRITICAL/VERY IMPORTANT to their daily classroom activities, and 96% of those same teachers listed access to free supplies as CRITICAL to their personal budgets.
Whether it’s a pencil, a folder or a glue stick, these supplies give my students the peace of mind they need to succeed. — Plano ISD Teacher
We thank our supportive Plano ISD community for making this store possible and look forward to answering your questions about this new initiative.