Classroom Central

At Classroom Central, we do more than provide school supplies. We help create a world of endless possibilities for our students.

Our mission

Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.  Functioning as a Free Store for teachers, Classroom Central serves as an invaluable resource for area students and classrooms.

Our 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.

Our program
Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster.  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 Classroom Central dream began in early 2000.  A team of local business leaders set out to provide free supplies to children living in poverty.  After conducting a feasibility study to gauge the level of need and after two years of planning and a generous gift of $200,000 in seed money from the Carolina Panthers Children’s Charities, the Free Store opened its doors.

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