Companies to Classrooms is a non-profit organization that supports students and teachers by providing educational supplies through the operation of a store staffed by volunteers and stocked with recycled or excess supplies and inventories donated by local businesses.  We are a 501(c)3 organization and therefore, all donations to Companies to Classrooms are tax-deductible as provided by the law.

Currently we support public, private, and parochial schools in Bloomington, Richfield, Shakopee, Robbinsdale, and Brooklyn Center, Minnesota with plans to expand to other suburban school districts in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area as funding allows.  We run our operations through financial donations from businesses, individuals, grants from corporate and private foundations, and a minimal shopping fee if absolutely necessary.  

Free-and-reduced-lunch students struggle to acquire even basic supplies that are necessary for learning.  Typically the concentration of these students is thought to be in the inner city but as shown in the Bloomington Sun Current on March 15, 2007, suburban poverty is an increasing reality.  As school budgets are becoming tighter, teachers in our schools try to fill in the gaps out of their own pockets.  Teachers spend, on average, $1000 of their own money to help students with supplies and to supplement their own classrooms needs. 

On the other hand, companies constantly need to dispose of excess supplies and inventories due to changes in an ever-increasingly competitive business environment.  Studies have shown that corporate waste totals over 300,000 tons annually, 90% of which is reusable, but it is simply not cost-efficient to locate a secondary user. Therefore, usable waste clogs our landfills year after year.   When given a viable option, businesses are very willing to support education by recycling excess product through Companies to Classrooms.

Companies to Classrooms is a WIN-WIN solution for any community:

1.  Free-and-reduced-lunch students are equipped with school supplies at no cost to them, the teacher or the school.  

2.  Additional supplies are made available to our public schools without increasing taxes or educational funding.

3.  Local businesses have an easy way to support education in their community by recycling their reusable waste.

4.  Tons of reusable materials are kept out of our landfills. 

Hours of Operation

Our teacher store is located at:
8301 Grand Ave. S Suite #200
Bloomington, MN 55420

We are open for teacher shopping:
T, W - 2:30-5:30 PM
Th - 2:30-6:30 PM
Sat - 9:00 AM-noon

We Accept Donations:
M-F 12:30-5:30 PM

Call For More Info.
Cary Weatherby, Founder


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