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What is Tools for Schools? Print E-mail

MicroscopesaccordianTools for Schools (TFS) provides a place where individuals and businesses can donate school supplies or office supplies. Schools and non-profit organizations supporting children choose needed items. Children get school supplies, teachers get equipment for their classrooms, and it is all diverted from the landfill. There is a wide range of supplies collected and re-distributed at SCARCE. Microscopes and overhead projectors are always popular items that are snapped up quickly. Usually there is a constant flow of notebooks, paper, pencils, and many types of office supplies.  The inventory changes daily.

Special Donations For Schools

Carlson Glass & Mirror in Wheaton has scrap plexiglass available for all teachers & non-profit organizations. The scrap pieces of plexiglass are available in all sizes. They are ideal for art projects, covering models, making boxes and other useful ideas. Schools can pick up the scrap plexiglass directly from Carlson Glass & Mirror at 111 E. Front St. in Wheaton on Saturdays, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Have Furniture or other Big Items?

Our Tools for Schools room is not big enough for furniture, gym equipment, copy machines, or other big items. If you have these items, don't throw them away!. We may be able to help you advertise. We send out periodic mail to our Book Rescue and Tools for Schools visitors, alerting them of what's available at SCARCE and in the community.


We are thankful for ongoing donations. During the summer, hundreds of teachers visit Tools for Schools to select school supplies and classroom equipment. Often the donated items are selected the same day they are dropped off.


The Tools for Schools Program began with a grant from Tellabs Foundation. In order to keep it going, we need an ongoing supply volunteers and donations. Please help up out by volunteering or making a monetary donation.

Download this file (Marilyn's_Church_Project.pdf)Yarn Collected at SCARCE benefits Guatamalan Children![Local church uses SCARCE resources to help humanitarian projects.]
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SCARCE is a 501(c)(3) and donations to SCARCE are tax deductable. Ask for a tax receipt when dropping off books or items at Tools for Schools.
Great Use of SCARCE Resources!

"Once again, I want you to know how very grateful I am that you exist. The materials I have found at SCARCE and the ideas they generate are just wonderful. I am so excited to share those ideas with you just as I have been sharing the materials with the other teachers in my Special Needs program."

The teachers from this center developed very creative lesson plans with materials they have gathered from SCARCE. Our team was so deeply touched with their letter, and we wanted to share their excellent examples to inspire you with your special needs children. We thank the teachers of this cooperative for sending such thoughtful examples of their lesson plans. We’re so thankful for the meaningful work that you are doing at your school!