Education

Classroom Central’s Classroom Up now available for all of CMS

West Mecklenburg High School Student Body President Jalil Pack and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark are surrounded by members of the media as they thank Classroom Central after they helped receive a special delivery of school supplies at West Mecklenburg High on Wednesday, April 25, 2015. The event celebrates the final phase of the Classroom Up rollout to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Classroom Up program allows teachers to order essential school supplies via an online portal. The free supplies are then delivered directly to the school via school couriers driving on existing routes.
West Mecklenburg High School Student Body President Jalil Pack and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark are surrounded by members of the media as they thank Classroom Central after they helped receive a special delivery of school supplies at West Mecklenburg High on Wednesday, April 25, 2015. The event celebrates the final phase of the Classroom Up rollout to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Classroom Up program allows teachers to order essential school supplies via an online portal. The free supplies are then delivered directly to the school via school couriers driving on existing routes. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

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.

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