• Classroom Central


    Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.

    Our impact:
    Classroom Central serves 100,000 students in over 200 schools in 6 school districts.

    Our History:
    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.

    Key Facts:

    • Over 50% of our region’s students are living in poverty
    • Classroom Central does not receive any government, United Way, or school system funding. We rely solely on the generosity of donors and corporations.
    • Download the pdf version of Classroom Central Fast Facts.

    Annual Report
    View Impact Report 2013-14 – PDF (set print settings to 11 x 17 for printing)

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    Kids in Need Foundation

    Classroom Central is a member of the Kids in Need Foundation Network.  The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. 

    The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 32 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students.

    Our programs:

    We serve high needs students via four programs:

    • Classroom Central Free Store – Teachers and other school personnel in qualifying high-needs schools “shop” for free school supplies throughout the academic year. All materials distributed are used to create inviting learning environments and to support the academic and personal growth of students living in poverty.


    • Classroom Up – The Classroom Up program is the first of its kind in the United States and allows teachers to order six essential school supplies (copy paper, notebooks, notebook paper, construction paper, pencils & pens) via an online portal.  The free supplies are then delivered directly the school. We currently support all of CMS schools with Classroom Up. 


    • Classroom Central Mobile Free Store – Classroom Central ships pallets of essential items to the high-poverty schools that are geographically further from our Free Store, an effort to make sure to reach more students. We currently serve over 100 schools a year with this program.


    • Backpacks & Basics – With the help of sponsors, Classroom Central outfits the highest poverty schools in the region (85% free reduced lunch rate or higher) with supply kits and backpacks for their entire student body.

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