Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson offers educators free to low-cost supplies

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 12:17:28-05

It's a warehouse only for teachers tucked away on the northwest side.

From beads, to markers and flashcards, educators can get free to low-cost supplies for a yearly subscription of $35 at Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson

"I was a special ed aid for 22 years in the Amphi School District and that's why I used to go and shop for Treasures 4 Teachers," said executive director Adrienne Ledford. "For two years I drove to Phoenix to make sure that my kids had the stuff that they needed in the classroom."

The non-profit started in a little church more than four years ago. Now it's located on Camino Martin near Ina and I-10. The address is 6800 N. Camino Martin, #124. 

Ledford says teachers can visit three to four times a week to fill up a reusable bag, nabbing things you might not even know they need.

"Toilet paper rolls are great for arts and crafts you can make binoculars for little kids out of them," Ledford said. 

Volunteers also teach teachers what to do with reusable supplies, Ledford said. It's all made possible by donations. For example, when Raytheon went digital it gave the non-profit a plethora of binders. 

"The concept of reusing things instead of throwing them in a dump is the best part of what we do besides giving to teachers," Ledford said. "We save the landfills, we save businesses the cost in scrapping their materials."

Here's more if you're a teacher and you want to sign up