How To Shop

At A Gift For Teaching, we make it easy to shop for the free supplies you need with three convenient shopping options:

  • Free Teacher Supply Store
  • Pencil Boy Curbside
  • Pencil Boy Express — The Mobile Free Store

Check your school’s shopping eligibility to see if you are assigned to a monthly or representative shopping school.

How to Shop

At A Gift For Teaching, we make it easy to shop for the free supplies you need with three convenient shopping options:

  • Free Teacher Supply Store
  • Pencil Boy Curbside
  • Pencil Boy Express — The Mobile Free Store

If you are eligible to shop at A Gift For Teaching and have not received our teacher shopping notices directly in your OCPS inbox, please check your spam and clutter folders. To receive our dedicated teacher emails, please complete this request form:

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Free Teacher Supply Store

Imagine arriving at your favorite teacher supply store to shop for your classroom necessities. The friendly store workers are there to greet you with a smile, answer any questions you may have, and guide you through this fun and orderly retail environment as you fill your cart with supplies that will allow you to lead your students to academic success.

Best of all, when it’s time to check out, there’s no reason to reach for your wallet because every item in your shopping cart is absolutely free!

Click here for teacher shopping eligibility.

Ready To Shop?

TEACHER SHOPPING HOURS (Holiday hours may vary)

Tuesday – Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Select Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

FREE TEACHER SUPPLY STORE REOPENS IN AUGUST

Pencil Boy Curbside

Receive free supplies with just a pop of the trunk! On the 1st of the month, September through April, A Gift For Teaching offers pre-packed supply kits with teaching materials and other classroom essentials for eligible teachers to order online and conveniently pick up curbside at the Free Teacher Supply Store without ever having to leave your vehicle.

Eligible monthly shopping teachers may choose to order and pick up with Pencil Boy Curbside instead of shopping in-store or by Pencil Boy Express.  Representative shopping schools are not eligible for Pencil Boy Curbside.

Click here for teacher shopping eligibility.

Ready To Place An Order?

  1. Place a supply kit order online on “My AGFT” starting the 1st of the month.
  2. When ready, an email with instructions will be sent on when and how to pick up your order.
  3. Anyone can pick up your supply kit order, and you can help pick up other teacher orders, too.

The specific items in each kit may change month to month, but will always include essential items such as paper, pencils, crayons, etc. The number of kits is limited each month, and they are available on a first come, first served basis. Pencil Boy Curbside online ordering will open on the 1st of the month and close when all kits have been claimed for the month.

CURBSIDE PICK UP HOURS

Tuesday – Thursday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

PENCIL BOY CURBSIDE REOPENS IN SEPTEMBER

Pencil Boy Express — The Mobile Free Store

With additional hours of instruction and extracurricular activities, we understand it is sometimes difficult for teachers to shop at our Free Teacher Supply Store. But that does not stop A Gift For Teaching from bringing the store to you!  

Pencil Boy Express is a miniature version of our Free Teacher Supply Store on wheels! We visit different schools each month for nearby eligible teachers to shop for essential tools their students need to succeed. Eligible teachers can view upcoming visits and make their shopping appointment on “My AGFT”. You do not have to teach at the host school to shop.

Eligible monthly shopping teachers may choose to schedule a shopping appointment by Pencil Boy Express instead of shopping in-store or by Pencil Boy Curbside. Representative shopping schools are not eligible for Pencil Boy Express.

Click here for teacher shopping eligibility.

Where Will Pencil Boy Express Be Next?

Please make sure to bring your ID (OCPS ID preferred) and shopping bags.

Pencil Boy Express is on summer break!

PENCIL BOY EXPRESS RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER

For additional assistance, please contact us at freestore@agiftforteaching.org or 407-318-3123. For Osceola County public school teacher eligibility and shopping information, please visit A Gift For Teaching of Osceola County.

Please note: If you are unable to keep your shopping appointment, please cancel as soon as possible so other teachers may have the opportunity to shop. Teachers who do not check-in for three (3) scheduled shopping appointments or do not cancel ahead of time will lose shopping privileges.

WHAT OUR TEACHERS SAY

“I am grateful for this program. It allows me to help my students get the supplies they need such as arts supplies, toiletries, and decorating materials to make my classroom a happy place for them.”

“Access to free supplies has given my students and I the opportunities to excel in our studies and has kept us organized and prepared throughout our lessons.”

“My students have the materials needed to be engaged and be able to learn. I don’t stress out for an extra pen, crayon, pencil or notebook.”

“I am able to provide critical & fun items to my students who are most in need and would never have the opportunity to own them otherwise.”

“Having access to these supplies has really helped my students to be prepared and set up for success. When they have their tools and supplies they are more likely to be actively engaged.”