Free 2 Teach opens Tuesday for school teachers

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 4:24 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A popular resource for school teachers in Huntsville is opening its doors July 6th.

The executive director says more than 1,000 teachers have already signed up for free supplies.

The first day of school is just a couple of weeks away.

“We are focused right now on Madison County’s three public school systems. That is Huntsville city, Madison city and Madison County school teachers,” said Free 2 Teach Executive Director Alison Kling.

All of the items on the shelf and on the racks are free for teachers to use in their classrooms.

“We want to make sure the teachers aren’t spending out of pocket, and the kids are getting the supplies that they need to feel successful. I taught and I know what that feels like,” said Kling.

There are limits, on how many items each teacher can get.

“Teachers leave with a shopping cart full of supplies and that’s donated by people in our community. They leave with an average of $565 in materials and supplies every time they come to shop,” said Kling.

We talked with a first-grade teacher at Mt. Carmel Elementary School who says she plans to sign up to shop at Free 2 Teach before the school year starts.

“I go to Free 2 Teach to find things to enhance my instruction in my classroom, maybe out of the ordinary things that I can’t get just from the school supply list. Extra things to help my kids learn,” said Allison Haithcock.

On its first day back, teachers were on a race against time as they had limited time to fill up a shopping cart and gather items off a list, all for free!

First-time teachers need a lot of items to make their classroom inviting.

“It’s expensive to stock an entirely empty classroom for the first time. You have to get books, you have to get school supplies and all of the things that you need to make your students successful you don’t think about it but that doesn’t come with a classroom,” said first-time teacher Madison Brassfield.

In her sweep, she filled up her cart with more than $500 worth of free items.

Veteran teachers can use the help with supplies too. They had their list and checked it twice to make sure they scored the items they wanted for their classrooms. The first day of school is just a couple of weeks away, so you can’t go wrong with Kleenex, paper towel hand soap and sanitizer.

If you’re a teacher and you want to get free supplies at the facility, here’s a link with more information.

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