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TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS is a partnership of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the School Board of Alachua County that offers a place for teachers to shop for school supplies at no cost. Businesses and individuals provide the materials, and teachers visit the free store to select items for their students.

Who benefits from TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS?


All teachers are familiar with the yearly burden of cost for school supplies and materials.

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS lightens this burden by providing an abundance of items for free. Teachers from all Alachua County District schools have access to the center on their scheduled day. Teachers can earn additional shopping days by volunteering.


A lack of materials infringes upon a student's potential for learning and creativity. TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS provides Alachua County's students with a greater variety of essential materials at no cost.


Local businesses can play a valuable role in the community by becoming business partners and donating to TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS. Alachua County Commission and the School Board of Alachua County recognize these businesses as sponsors.


The old convenience store located next to Williams Elementary School, near Lincoln Middle School, is now TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS, a resource center for teachers. What once held the negative influences of the sale of alcohol and tobacco now boasts a free service to benefit children and teachers.


Every day, valuable items are thrown away while resources are unnecessarily used to create new materials. By reusing materials, we are able to help our environment by conserving our natural resources. Help reduce waste, conserve resources and save money!

Tools for Schools Public Service Announcement

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For more information, call Waste Alternatives at (352) 374-5213 or email sblythe@alachua.fl.us.

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