Two organizations are coming together to help make sure that students have the right tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Rochester have partnered to promote Pencils and Paper School. It's a Jewish Family Service of Rochester program that allows teachers in schools with high poverty to buy free supplies for their students at the Jay Street store.
The program is in its second year of operation.
"We invite schools where 70 percent or more of the children are eligible for free or reduced meals" said program coordinator, Howard Grossman. "That's not just the city, we're serving schools in Greece, in East Irondequoit, parochial schools, charter schools, wherever there's need."
Products most in need include disinfecting wipes and dry erase markers.
The school supply drive runs through August 9.
Teachers who would like to shop supplies need to register online. Shopping begins August 12.