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.
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
is a WIN-WIN solution for any community:
Free-and-reduced-lunch students are equipped with school
supplies at no cost to them, the teacher or the school.
Additional supplies are made available to our public schools
without increasing taxes or educational funding.
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.
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
M-F 12:30-5:30 PM
Call For More
Cary Weatherby, Founder
Website designed by