Supply Drive 500


Preparations are underway at Tools 4 Schools Teacher Supply Store

For the School Supply Drive 500

September 1-September 30, 2016

Imagine trying to write without a pencil, color without a crayon, and learn to read without a book… That’s a reality for many students in the public school system.  Many families are struggling to provide food and shelter for their children and are unable to provide the basic tools for learning.


We have teachers that continuously dip into their own pockets to purchase supplies to support their classrooms and projects.  We have first year teachers that begin with very little budgets to prepare their classrooms into the creative environments to stimulate creative thinking with their students.

We ask members of the community to come together to support our initiative, free school and classroom supplies for teachers and students in need.  The donated supplies keep the Tools 4 Schools shelves stocked with the necessary basics for the entire school year. 

Hosting a drive is simple!  Put a collection box out at your place of business or civic group meeting and ask co-workers, members or customers to bring in new school supplies.  With the support of people like you, we can provide brand new supplies to teachers and students in need for FREE.

If you are interested in participating in our School Supply Drive 500, just send an email to brinker_t@hcsb.k12.fl.us and we’ll send you more information to get your team started!!!

900 Emerson Rd., Brooksville, Fl  34601

Phone (352) 544-6418  Fax (352) 544-6478

First Annual Golf Tournament

Join us for our First Annual Golf Tournament thanks to the partnership of Bonefish Grill and the Hernando County Education Foundation.  Please RSVP and pay to play under our Upcoming Events.  Your payment includes the golf game at Hernando Oaks, range balls, and lunch provided by Bonefish Grill.  The proceeds will benefit our Tools 4 Schools Teacher Stores.  Find those clubs and get ready for a birdie! 


If you have any questions, please contact Frank Zito Jr. at (407)-697-0867.


Upcoming Events


Date: All day Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Category: Magenta

Tools 4 Schools Store SHS

Date: Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Category: Purple

Tools 4 Schools Store SHS

Date: Tue, Oct 4, 2016, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Category: Purple

Professional Day-NO STEAM PROGRAM

Date: All day Fri, Oct 14, 2016
Category: Magenta

Tools 4 Schools Store SHS

Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Category: Purple

First Annual Golf Tournament

Date: Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Category: Special Event

Tools 4 Schools Store SHS

Date: Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Category: Purple

New Board Orientation

Date: Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Category: Blue

District In-Service Day-NO STEAM PROGRAM

Date: All day Fri, Oct 21, 2016
Category: Magenta


Date: All day Wed, Oct 26, 2016
Category: Magenta

STEAM After School Information

The 21st Century STEAM Afterschool Program is an afterschool family-focused program, emphasizing academics and values through quality programs that nurture and strengthen youth, families and the community

To locate the STEAM After School Registration Packet please look for the "21st CCLC Steam Program" green tab on the left side of the webpage. Click on that link and then scroll down to middle of the page and you will find the link for the registration packet. Please complete and submit all 5 pages for registration.
We also have employment opportunities available and an application under the STEAM page. Please contact Natisha Feacher at 352-544-6418 or feacher_n@hcsb.k12.fl.us

Tools 4 Schools

The school store is located at Springstead High School in the portables near the softball field (close to Mariner Blvd). The store will be open for teachers on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 27       10:00-4:00
Monday, August 1           8:00-2:00
Tuesday, August 2          10:00-3:00
Wednesday, August 3     2:00-6:00
Thursday, August 4         2:00-6:00
Monday, August 15         3:00-6:00
Tuesday, August 23        3:00-6:00
Wednesday, August 31   3:00-6:00
Good News!  The Hernando County Education Foundation will be opening a 2nd Tools 4 Schools Store in the Brooksville area!  Please check back for Grand Opening Information!

Volunteer Luncheon 2016

Teacher Forgiveness Program

If you are a district teacher still burdened with student loans, AES is excited to inform you about the Teacher Forgiveness Program. Originally introduced by President Obama, the program is designed to help eligible teachers eliminate their student debt in ten years, while remaining in the teaching profession. Participating can cut your principal in half, and after ten years, any balance left can be forgiven. We can help you see if you can qualify for a forgiveness program and prepare all the necessary documents to make sure you are eligible. Please call (855) 231-0032 weekdays from 9am-8pm EST and Saturdays from 9am-1pm EST.

Tools 4 Schools Store

Tools 4 Schools was officially opened on March 11, 2016!  This is the first store of this kind in Hernando County!  Hernando County Public Education Teachers will be able to shop the store once a month to pick up supplies for their classrooms and/or students at no cost!  
The Tools 4 Schools Store is fully funded and paid for through grants, community and corporate donations.  We would like to thank Suncoast Credit Union and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as they are our main store sponsors!  Suncoast Credit Union donated $25,000 which was matched by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations for a total of $50,000!  We would also like to thank Target for their donation of $4,000 that was also matched through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation to a total of $8,000!  We want to thank all of our sponsors and donors that made this project possible!  
We will be having a Supply Drive in June to help us replinish the shelves for our teachers.  If you would like to donate supplies (teacher and student), make a financial donation or if your company or corporation would like to support this effort please contact Tammy Brinker at 352-797-7313 or brinker_t@hcsb.k12.fl.us.  
We will be posting the days and times the store will be open by the end of the week!  Keep watching for updates!  

Store lets Hernando County teachers get supplies for free

By Ferdinand Zogbaum, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 8:54 AM



A store just for teachers just opened in Hernando County.

It's full of classroom supplies and more, but what makes it special is that everything in it is free.

The new Tools 4 Schools store is on the campus of Springstead High School. The county's teachers can stop by once a month and grab supplies for their classrooms.

High school teacher Chris Auricchio says he can't believe a place like this exists.

"We had heard about it at the beginning of the year, but I didn't expect it to be like this," he said.

Tammy Brinker with the Hernando County Education Foundation, which set everything up, says teachers can easily spend $500 to $600 a year of their own money on supplies. But the store aims to change that.

"It is completely funded through donations and sponsors throughout our county," Brinker said.

The Hernando County Education Foundation is always looking for donations so they can keep the free store open.


Teacher of the Year 2016!

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Teacher of the Year Representatives!  What a great group we have!  We are very excited for each one of you... Best of luck this Friday as we celebrate the nights with all of our 2016 representatives and announce our new 2016 Teacher of the Year for Hernando County! 

Suncoast Credit Union "2 Cents Up"!


Kid's Wish Network Partners with Hernando County Education Foundation!

Thank you to the Kid's Wish Network for donating over $20,000 in beads and seeds to our schools!  What an amazing donation!

Teacher of the Year

Feeding Children Everywhere Partners with Hernando County Education Foundation!

Fox Chapel Middle School students, staff and volunteers along with Feeding Children Everywhere put together A Hunger Project and packed 51,264 meals for families in need!  Missy Wyzykowski, Fox Chapel Middle School's Parental Engagement Liaison  and Melanie Googe, Fox Chapel's guidance counselor  coordinated and planned for four months to make this project a huge success for Hernando County families. The Hunger Project meals all went to  the Hernando County Education Foundation for distribution within the county.  What a great impact we are making in our community!
Founded in 1988, the Hernando County Education Foundation is a 501c3 Non-profit organization that provides Direct Support to our county’s public schools by seeking out financial support to meet the unfunded needs of public education in Hernando County.