Teachers grab needed supplies at SCRAP's Free Teachers' Give-Away.

Hats Off to Teachers as SCRAP Provides Free Supplies to Hundreds of Bay Area Teachers

More than $200,000 in free supplies supplied in past three years.

San Francisco—SCRAP, the nation’s first and oldest continuously operating Creative Reuse Center is resuming its tradition of providing free supplies to Bay Area teachers on August 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Since its founding in 1976, SCRAP has helped teachers, students, and the environment by rescuing materials that were headed for the dump, and making these useful supplies available to teachers at no cost.

Teachers grab needed supplies at SCRAP's Free Teachers' Give-Away.Hats Off to Teachers is the year’s first in a series of ten free Teachers’ Give-Aways (TGAs) that take place during the school year, and is the only event open to all Bay Area Teachers. Over 300 teachers are expected to attend this pre-school event at SCRAP’s Depot in the Bayview District of San Francisco. On average, each teacher will leave with $68 worth of supplies for their classrooms.

These give-aways are critical for local teachers.

In California, teachers spend, on average, $650 a year from their own pockets for classroom supplies. SCRAP eases that burden by providing needed supplies, such as binders, folders, pens and pencils, rulers, staplers, paper punches, and books, at no charge. These supplies help Bay Area students learn more because they have the supplies they need,. Especially in low-income neighborhoods, these supplies help bridge the achievement gap and propel students on to successful academic careers.

Except for holiday weekends, Teachers’ Give-Aways occur on the first Saturday of the month from September until May. These events are open only to SFUSD teachers. This is one of many ways that SCRAP repays the San Francisco Unified School District for the space the District provides to SCRAP at no charge in its full-block warehouse.

SCRAP also provides essential assistance to the City of San Francisco through its diversion program, supported in part by the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Each year SCRAP diverts 250 tons of usable materials, preventing them from clogging our landfills, and making these supplies available to teachers, students, artists, nonprofits and others. The weight of this material is equal to 25 school busses, and makes a significant contribution to San Francisco’s zero-waste goal. In fact, since its founding, nonprofit SCRAP has diverted over ten million pound of useful materials, donated by local businesses, individuals and families..


SCRAP focuses its efforts into four key areas:

  • Education: by providing classroom supplies to thousands of Bay Area teachers every year and offering dozens of classes and workshops.
  • The Environment: by diverting hundreds of tons of material from landfills each year.
  • The Arts: by providing free and low-cost materials to artists, helping to make it possible for them to stay in the increasingly expensive Bay Area.
  • Workforce Development: by creating jobs in the low-income Bayview District and by offering free job skills training to developmentally-challenged youth in the San Francisco school system.

SCRAP, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is grateful for support from the San Francisco Unified School District, SF Department of the Environment, The Vital Projects Fund, and hundreds of business and individual supporters.

SCRAP’s Creative Reuse Depot is located at 801 Toland Street (entrance on Newcomb), San Francisco, 94124. The Depot is open 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Material donations are accepted at the Depot Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Free pickups area available for material donations, minimum quantities apply.

For more information visit SCRAP’s website: SCRAP-SF.org, or facebook.com/SCRAPSF, twitter.com/SCRAPSF, instagram.com/SCRAPSF.

Ben Delaney
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