PORTLAND -- School budget cuts have left many classrooms in the Portland area without the supplies they need for their everyday lessons.
That has a lot of teachers shelling out money from their own pockets to buy supplies. The average teacher will spend about $1,750 buying books, pencils and other basic classroom materials, just so their students have the tools to succeed.
But thanks to a group called Schoolhouse Supplies, Portland teachers can shop for supplies and never have to open their wallet.
“Any public school teacher in the Portland system can shop with us eight times a year,” said Jen Barth, the executive director of Schoolhouse Supplies.
The non-profit has a volunteer-run store that’s lined with donated folders, paper, art supplies, even calculators.
“The budgets are shrinking, the needs are rising,” Barth said.
Teachers outside of the Portland Public School District can get a voucher to shop at the store if they volunteer with the organization.
The store is open Tuesday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.