500 Rotarians and guests attended the Rotary Zone 33 & 34 training conference in Charlotte October 10-15, 2016 and selected Classroom Central as a local project for everyone to support through donation of school supplies/cash. The "stuff the bus" was parked out front and a display was set up in the House of Friendship for everyone to drop off their donations. Table decorations were assembled using school supplies and the support was very much appreciated. At the end of the conference, the total cash donation came in at $12,408. With a match from the Levine Foundation and the buying power of Classroom Central, this equates to $159,712 of school supplies.
Under the leadership of Charlotte Rotarian John Johnson and others, the Classroom Central dream began in early 2000. A team of local business leaders set out to provide free supplies to children living in poverty. Charlotte Rotary has been actively participating ever since.
Classroom Central does more than provide school supplies. We help create a world of endless possibilities for our students.
Their mission: Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Classroom Central serves as an invaluable resource for area students and classrooms.
Their vision: Classroom Central ensures that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there’s no limit to what children can achieve.
Their programs: Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster. We distribute school supplies via three programs:
The Free Store – Teachers and other school personnel in qualifying schools “shop” for free school supplies throughout the academic year. All materials distributed are used to create inviting learning environments and to support student’s academic and personal growth.
The Mobile Free Store – We ship pallets of essential items to the high-poverty schools that are geographically further from our Free Store, an effort to make sure to reach more students. We currently serve over 100 schools a year with this program.
The Classroom Up Program –Classroom Up is the first of its kind in the nation, where teachers in high-needs CMS schools may order essential school supplies via an online portal and the free supplies are then delivered directly to the school.