Ekim's Place Spotlight PEF Free Teacher Market

At Ekim’s Place, we believe we are stronger together, and we believe in helping our neighbors. Our Community Outreach page was created to give hard working non-profits and community organizations who serve Lakelanders a platform for the residents to easily find and learn more about.

Our Community Outreach page always has a SPOTLIGHT! This is a non-profit that we shine a light on to help raise money for a specific need. Once we raise the money and present it to the non-profit, we find a new non-profit in need to take the SPOTLIGHT! This is called the ON DECK spot. Currently, One More Child with Florida Baptist Children’s Home is ON DECK! We are so excited to get to participate in helping our community build stronger relationships and healthier residents.

Our first SPOTLIGHT! is The Free Teacher Market at Polk Education Foundation. In their own words,

“The Polk Education Foundation was started in 1988 as a vehicle to administer scholarships. Since that time, we have not only grown that scholarship program, we’ve added additional programs such as an additional scholarship program with a matching component for donors and a mentoring component for the students, a reading tutoring program for struggling elementary school students, multiple grant programs, and, the Free Teacher Market (FTM).

The Free Teacher Market was started 10 years ago as a way to get supplies into the hands of teachers, at no cost to them. Studies have shown the average teacher spends about $350 a year on supplies. Now, if they come to the Market, we can help offset some of those costs. Donations of new and gently used items are accepted.

We make sure to always stock consumable items like pencils, paper, folders, glue, markers, crayons etc., but, then add specialty items like art supplies, bulletin board materials, learning games, office supplies, books etc.”

Today we announce our first Fundraiser for this great non-profit! We have partnered with one of our businesses on our Local Directory, Bungalow Boutique & Gifts, to help us sell T-Shirts for $25! 100% of your purchase will go to the Free Teacher Market because we are donating the cost of the shirt and the processing fees.

The T-Shirts are one-of-a-kind and made locally at iNK Screen Printing in Downtown Lakeland. They always use quality products and include lots of local love.

We hope you check out the T-Shirts because we know you will love them! Why wait? Purchase one today and feel good about helping your local teachers.

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