The Kids In Need Foundation and Learning Resources have teamed up to provide free school supplies to students whose parents cannot afford to buy them, and also for teachers at low-income schools. Established in 1995, Kids In Need has distributed $350 million in supplies, serving more than 1.6 million children and 100,000 teachers annually. Learning Resources will donate products to the Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers.

The first set of supplies will be distributed to the Teacher Resource Center in Chicago, and will include more than $7,000 worth of supplies, such as thermometers, magnifiers, pocket charts, rulers, and puzzle cards. Since 1997, the Teacher Resource Center in Chicago has donated supplies to more than 2,200 teachers from low-income schools.

Click here to learn more about the Kids In Need initiative.

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