Shopping Policies & FAQs
All items distributed through A Gift For Teaching are strictly for student and classroom use only.
- Items may NOT be taken for personal use, sold, bartered, traded, or donated elsewhere.
- All items are distributed in good faith and are “as is”.
- Select items are restricted by grade level, please be sure to adhere to those notes.
- All orders must be placed by eligible teachers, but a proxy may pick up the order.
- There will be a limited number of orders available each day. Once they are full, teachers may try again the following day.
- Teachers will be notified when their Pencil Boy Curbside order is ready for pick-up with an allowed time frame. Teachers should NOT travel to AGFT prior to receiving that email.
Any abuse of our policies will result in the revocation of shopping privileges. We reserve the right to share any shopping information with your school administrator(s).
Email us to join our teacher email list to stay up-to-date with the latest shopping news!
Teacher Shopping FAQ 2020-2021
Who is eligible to shop?
All full-time instructional personnel from K-12 Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) with more than 60% of students in Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP) may shop monthly at A Gift For Teaching (AGFT). See list of eligible high-need schools. Instructional personnel includes classroom/general education teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors, nurses, principals, assistant principals, and deans. At this time, custodians and administrative support staff such as administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, and positions assigned to other departments other than a school, are not eligible to shop.
New to the 2020-2021 school year: Charter schools, Head Start programs, and schools not on the eligible school list will not be able to shop until the physical brick-and-mortar Free Teacher Supply Store reopens.
At this time, AGFT serves public schools in Orange and Osceola Counties and is unable to service private schools. Orange County Public School teachers may shop at AGFT through Pencil Boy Curbside and Osceola County Public School teachers may shop at A Gift For Teaching of Osceola County.
What is Pencil Boy Curbside?
As safety is our top priority, in order to best serve teachers during this time we will no longer offer in-store shopping. Instead, teachers can shop through “Pencil Boy Curbside”. Teachers can place their supply orders online and pick them up from AGFT when ready. This change will be in effect until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
What happened to Pencil Boy Online?
We have converted our Pencil Boy Online platform for teachers to place their Pencil Boy Curbside orders. Online orders can be picked up at AGFT when ready. Stay tuned for Pencil Boy Online to return once our physical Free Teacher Supply Store is able to reopen for in-person shopping.
What happened to Pencil Boy Express-The Mobile Free Store?
At this time Pencil Boy Express is not up and running, but is excited to get back out on the road again as soon as it is safe to do so. Stay tuned for locations to be announced in our teacher emails and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
When can I shop?
Shopping will open the first weekday of the month from Monday through Saturday, and will close on the 20th of each month. There is a limited number of shops available per day. Once they are full, you will no longer be able to order until the following day.
May I take supplies for my own children if they attend a monthly school?
All items distributed through AGFT are strictly for student and classroom use only. Items may NOT be taken for personal use, sold, bartered, traded, or donated elsewhere.
Can I shop for someone else?
Eligible teachers must shop for themselves online, but may send someone else to pick-up their supply order. You can also pick up multiple orders for other teachers. Just provide the first and last name as well as school name for pick-up. Make sure to give good directions on where AGFT is located!