By Kathy L. Collins

Join the Hillsborough Education Foundation and others at the Annual Teaching Tools Breakfast on Thursday, September 12 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown located at 211 N. Tampa St. Registration is at 7 a.m. The breakfast and program will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

The breakfast is free, but donations are accepted. All funds raised support the Teaching Tools Store which provides free school supplies to Hillsborough County Public School students in need. The Teaching Tools Store is the one place that teachers of financially challenged students can turn to for free school supplies year-round to help them be prepared for the classroom tasks at hand. The Teaching Tools Store saves teachers thousands of out-of-pocket dollars and gives students the tools they need to be successful in school.

By participating in the Teaching Tools Breakfast, you can help ensure that students in need can succeed in school. Last year, the Hillsborough Education Foundation gave nearly two million dollars in free supplies to teachers in 120 Title 1 schools and served 60,000 students with much needed supplies. The goal this year is to equip 500 students with classroom supplies for an entire year.

According to the Hillsborough Education Foundation, 58 percent of Hillsborough County Public Schools are classified as Title 1. This means that more than 75% of the students at a school are considered economically challenged and may face difficulty in purchasing school supplies.

If you cannot attend the breakfast, you can still help by donating online at A donation of $75 will ensure that a student has a backpack stocked with school supplies. $225 supports one student for an entire year. $1125 supports five students for one year, and $4,500 will support an entire classroom for one year.

The Hillsborough Education Foundation is a 501 ( c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to invest community resources to help students achieve academic success.

Please RSVP by September 5 to Virginia McGrath at 574-0269 or vmc


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