Free store for Chesterfield & Richmond teachers re-opens ahead of school year

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A free store for Chesterfield County teachers and school staff members is re-opening to prepare for the new school year.

From Crayons to Computers is a store set up to help new teachers and new school administrators start off on the right foot. The store is the result of a partnership between Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield Education Foundation.

Available items include books, paper, pencils, notebooks, filing cabinets, bookshelves, decorations, craft supplies and more — everything from crayons to computers!

The store will be open during its regular hours of 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting September 1, when school is in session. From Crayons to Computers is located in Spring Rock Green shopping center at 7138 Midlothian Turnpike.

Everything at From Crayons to Computers is free. The store is supported by the Chesterfield Education Foundation and receives donations from individuals, businesses and community groups and passes those items on so that teachers can outfit their classrooms at no cost.

“It’s no surprise that teachers spend a lot of their own money making ends meet in their classroom,” says Sandra Wheeler, RPS Community Partnerships Coordinator.

That’s why Richmond Public Schools decided to open its first, free teacher store this year too — and it’s a big hit.

Richmond teachers, Wednesday, September 2 is the last day to shop at the free store. Just stop by the old A.V. Norrell Elementary School on Fendall Avenue from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. You must bring your staff ID.

Both stores rely heavily on donations.

Want to donate items?

Students and teachers benefit when businesses and individuals donate to From Crayons to Computers. Used and new items are welcome, and all donations are tax deductible. If you are replacing office furniture, clearing out a warehouse or de-cluttering, call 276-7407 or 305-4279 or email to schedule a drop-off or pickup time. The only things the store does not accept are food and clothing.

Click here for more information about From Crayons to Computers.


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