On Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 a.m.-noon, Knox County Schools’ teachers and teaching assistants will have the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies when the Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot opens for the first time in the 2016-2017 school year.

The Teacher Supply Depot provides Knox County Schools’ teachers and others with new and used classroom materials free of charge. In its 15 years of service, the Teacher Supply Depot has benefited more than 10,000 Knox County Schools’ professionals and has provided more than $2.6 million worth of materials made possible through the support of local businesses and community members.

The depot is driven solely by donations and 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 classrooms across the district.

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

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

Three additional Teacher Supply Depot shopping days will be held this academic year:

  • Saturday, October 29,2016
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017