On Saturday, Jan. 24, 7 a.m.-noon, Knox County Schools’ teachers, teaching assistants and nurses will have the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies when the Knox County Schools Teacher Supply Depot opens for the third time in the 2014-2015 school year.


The Teacher Supply Depot provides Knox County Schools’ teachers and others with new and used classroom materials at no charge. Since the depot is driven solely by donations, it is a unique way for local businesses and community members to partner with the school system to provide material support to teachers. All donated materials are used to enhance instruction and promote student achievement in the classroom.


In its 13 years of service, the Teacher Supply Depot has benefited more than 10,000 Knox County Schools’ professionals and has provided an estimated $2.6 million worth of materials made possible through the support of local businesses and community members.


Located at 709 N. Cedar Bluff Rd. in the former Cedar Bluff Intermediate School, the Teacher Supply Depot is a joint venture of the Knox County Education Association and Knox County Schools.


Although donations are accepted year-round, the Teacher Supply Depot is only open on certain dates throughout each school year. Those planning to shop at the Teacher Supply Depot must bring a school ID or another form of identification to be admitted. Doors open at 7 a.m. and close at noon.


One more Teacher Supply Depot shopping day will be held this year: Saturday, March 28, 2015.