WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER
TREASURES 4 TEACHERS
means riches for education
Treasures 4 Teachers is a member based resource and supply store serving the educators of Arizona. This means that anyone who works closely with students can have access to a wide selection of materials, resources and training that will enhance and expand the learning process. T4T is a donation-based operation. Therefore, we are able to provide materials and supplies to our members for low to no cost.
Founder & Executive Director
In 2004, Barbara was visiting a 2nd grade classroom. The teacher asked her students to get out a piece of paper and pencil. Barbara watched as a little 7 year old student named Sandy walked up to the teacher and gave her a shoe. The teacher quickly gave Sandy a pencil. After class, Barbara asked the teacher why Sandy had to give her a shoe for the pencil, the teacher said because she didn’t have enough pencils, and this way she knew she would get her pencil back because Sandy wouldn’t leave without her shoe. That day, Barbara knew she needed to do something so that students didn’t have to give up their shoe for a pencil. Barbara started Treasures 4 Teachers a “Creative Reuse Center” specifically catered to teachers to get the supplies they need for free and low cost so their students can be successful. Today it is thriving in a 12,000 square foot facility in Tempe, Arizona.
“T4T is my source for any classroom materials. It’s the best option for teachers on a slim budget…which sadly includes all teachers. The variety of items offered by T4T keeps my creative energy flowing, while they faithfully support the practice of recycling and repurposing. I couldn’t imagine NOT having a membership. The nominal fee often pays for itself during the first visit. Thanks, T4T, for all you do….and inspire!”
JENNIFER T., TEACHER
Dedicated to education
T4T bridges the gap
On average, teachers in America spend $500 to $1,200 each year from their own pocket on school supplies for their students, sometimes even as much as $4,000. Students cannot learn and become productive members of society without the essentials for learning, such as paper, pencils and other basic school supplies. Treasures 4 Teachers bridges the gap between the need for school supplies and available resources in our community.