Teachers at all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campuses are now able to go online and order free school supplies for their low-income students.
The program is the work of Charlotte nonprofit Classroom Central, which began the Classroom Up online ordering system in 2013 as a pilot program. This month, it expanded to all 164 schools in CMS. Classroom Central spokeswoman Lauren Johnson said it’s the first of its kind in the country.
Supplies available include basics like pens, paper, pencils and notebooks. Every month, Classroom Central has something extra on hand, like colored pencils or rulers. The products are stored in CMS warehouses and shipped to schools along the district’s truck routes.