It’s not always easy for teachers and schools to ensure that students have all the school supplies they need. In fact, many teachers often dip into their own pockets to provide students with supplies.
But now, parents can help out by donating supplies online through the Target Corp.’s Classroom Wishlist Program.
The program allows parents and other individuals to use the Minneapolis-based retail chain’s Web site to earmark items—such as notebooks, crayons, computer disks, rulers, and even cameras—for specific teachers.
Teachers who register their schools with the company can create individual classroom shopping lists by searching the site for products and marking the ones they need.
Parents can then search the lists by teacher name, school, or area. The supplies are shipped free of charge directly to the teachers.
The National School Supply and Equipment Association based in Silver Spring, Md., estimates that teachers spend nearly $600 of their own money each year on school supplies for students.
A version of this article appeared in the November 17, 2004 edition of Education Week