Teachers in North Carolina spend an average of more than $900 out-of-pocket on school supplies for their students each year.

WakeEd Partnership’s Tools4Schools store provides FREE classroom supplies for nearly 11,000 teachers in North Carolina’s largest school district to ensure that all students in the Wake County Public School System have the supplies they need to focus on learning.

If you have questions about Tools4Schools, please email us at tools4schools@wakeed.org.

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All educators and certified staff from Wake County Public Schools are invited to shop for free classroom supplies at Tools4Schools every quarter. You must sign up for an open time slot in order to shop at Tools4Schools.


  • WCPSS educators and certified staff can sign up for an open time slot to shop. Use the button below to sign up! All Wake County schools are eligible. 
  • Educators visit Tools4Schools during their assigned time and receive 100 points to spend on new and gently used classroom supplies each quarter.

Tools4Schools will reopen on August 1, 2023.

Tentative Shopping Dates
Quarter 1 Dates
August 1 – October 31
Quarter 2 Dates
November 1 – January 23
Quarter 3 Dates
January 24 – April 9
Quarter 4 Dates
April 10 – May 17


1660 Piney Plains Rd, Cary, NC 27518

Tools4Schools is located on Piney Plains Road in Cary, just off of Walnut Street, across from the Crossroads Shopping Center – the former location of the Crossroads Ford dealership. Look for our Tools4Schools signs!

Questions? Email us at tools4schools@wakeed.org.


Classroom supplies available at Tools4Schools are purchased by WakeEd Partnership with the help of generous funders or donated by community partners. Click the button below to see a list of items that are generally in stock.

“My teammate and I went to Tools4Schools this afternoon. It was amazing!!! Thank you WakeEd Partnership for putting it all together! I can not wait to go again next quarter! Thank you from the bottom of my teacher heart!


Tools4Schools is made possible by our generous community partners, donors, and corporate sponsors. As a community, it is our responsibility to ensure that all of our students receive the best education possible each day – and have the supplies they need to focus on learning. Today, we’re asking for your support as we stock the shelves at Tools4Schools with classroom supplies for nearly 11,000 educators and 160,000 students in 2022.

Tools4Schools – Giving Levels

Make a tax-deductible gift and help us stock the shelves at Tools4Schools with our most requested items at bulk prices! Use the donate button below to make a donation using a debit or credit card. Checks can be mailed to WakeEd Partnership at 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27609, with Tools4Schools on the memo line. For information about additional giving opportunities, including corporate sponsorships, contact development@wakeed.org. For sponsorship levels, please click Tools4Schools Giving Levels

Community School Supply 2023

Drop-Box Locations

The Community Supply Drive will feature drop-off locations across Wake County. Additionally, several businesses and organizations are holding their own school supply drives to collect items for Tools4Schools. If you are interested in hosting a drop box, complete the form here. To view the Community Supply Drive Toolkit, click here 

Click here to view a list of our most-requested items!

Donate Supplies

WakeEd Partnership collects new and gently used classroom supplies to fill the shelves at Tools4Schools. Donations can be dropped off at Tools4Schools, 1660 Piney Plains Rd, Cary, NC 27518.

Amazon Wishlist

Shop from our Amazon wishlist to ship items most-requested by our teachers right to the shelves at Tools4Schools. Shop from our wishlists linked below and select our Tools4Schools address at checkout.


WakeEd Partnership invites individuals, groups, and organizations to collect and donate new and gently used classroom supplies for Tools4Schools.


Follow these simple steps and start collecting classroom supplies in your neighborhood, workplace, congregation, civic group, or school.

STEP ONE: Click here to register your Tools4Schools classroom supply drive! 

STEP TWO: Click here to download our classroom supply drive kit and start collecting!

STEP THREE: Tag WakeEd Partnership and #Tools4Schools on social media!

STEP FOUR: Schedule a time to drop off supplies! Send us an email to make an appointment.


WakeEd Partnership needs volunteers to help unpack and sort supplies, stock shelves, answer teacher questions, and more. If you or your family, club, or organization are interested in volunteering, use the volunteer button below to fill out our volunteer form online!

  • We need regular volunteers both during and outside of normal store hours, which are typically Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7pm.
  • Tools4Schools can regularly accommodate up to ten volunteers at once, but can make special arrangements for larger groups.
  • All volunteers under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • All volunteers will need to complete a waiver. Waivers can be completed online or on-site. 

Additional Opportunities

If time constraints and busy schedules keep you from volunteering, you can still make a difference. To ensure every student has access to the supplies needed to learn, WakeEd Partnership offers off-site volunteer opportunities.

Assemble a Toolbox 

Purchase a Toolbox kit through WakeEd Partnership’s wholesale partner. The items are shipped to the location of your choice, where you host an event and assemble the kits. Once completed, kits can be dropped off at Tools4Schools to be distributed to WCPSS classrooms.


If you have questions about Tools4Schools, contact:
Sheneika Simmons, Programs Manager



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  Raleigh, NC 27609 | (919) 821-7609

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