Teachers’ Treasures and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) are hosting an open house for a new satellite store that will expand the reach to more eligible teachers who can access free school and office supplies.


The new site is located inside Northwest Middle School, 5525 W. 34th St., and was made possible by funding from the Junior League of Indianapolis and the American College of Education (ACE).


The open house will be at Northwest Middle School from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8.


Teachers’ Treasures is an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit organization that helps at-risk children get the materials they need to succeed in school by providing teachers with donated educational supplies for use by their students in the classroom. Approximately 4,150 teachers participate in the program selecting supplies monthly from the free store.


A small radius of the new satellite store includes 88 schools with 58,000 students and roughly 4,900 teachers. Only 25 percent of those teachers are current shoppers at Teachers’ Treasures.


“Teachers’ Treasures’ mission is going to be even more impactful to those teachers who work or live in the northwest corner of Indianapolis,” said Margaret Sheehan, executive director of Teachers’ Treasures. “This second location in the heart of a busy school area will serve as a supply haven for those professionals who work with children in need. The key funders from Junior League and ACE, both long-time partners, are truly bringing this store to life in an area that serves so many.”


Founded in 2000, Teachers’ Treasures now serves more than 270 schools throughout the greater Indianapolis area, affecting the lives of more than 100,000 students annually.