Classroom Central serves almost 100,000 students and their teachers across 6 school districts in 192 high-poverty schools.
Our mission is to equip students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.
Picture a child at school trying to write without a pencil, read without books or dream without the tools to put their ideas on paper. This is the reality for far too many students in our community. For thousands, basic learning tools are a luxury. In fact, more than 50% of the students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Iredell-Statesville, City of Kannapolis, Union, Gaston, and Lancaster, SC school districts come from families that can't afford lunch, let alone school supplies.
Moved by this need and the fact that teachers, on average, spend $500 - $1000 out of their own pockets each year to provide basic supplies for their students, the Charlotte Chamber and the Carolina Panthers founded Classroom Central in 2002.