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The Pencils & Paper Program at JFS

About the Free School Supplies Program

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The Pencils & Paper Program at JFS Rochester serves the  educational and creative needs of children in the Greater Rochester area by providing free school supplies to teachers in schools that educate a high percentage of students living in poverty. The program provides free school supplies to teachers in high-need schools, ensuring that children have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. Teachers can shop twice a year and receive an estimated $1,400 worth of school supplies at each shopping trip. By partnering with local schools, the program helps to reduce the financial burden on families who struggle to provide basic school supplies for their children.

Free School Supplies for a Quality Education

The Pencils & Paper Program recognizes that access to quality education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and that basic school supplies are a fundamental aspect of that goal. By providing free school supplies to teachers, the program empowers educators to better support the needs of their students, creating a positive impact on the lives of children and families in the community. Additionally, the program is committed to reducing waste and promoting sustainability by recycling surplus office supplies and materials, further contributing to the health and well-being of the local community.


For more information please contact Ruthie Seablom at or call (585) 736-4610.


Pencils & Paper
1099 Jay Street
Water Tower Park
Bldg. N, Dock 9
Rochester, NY 14611 (Map)
We are behind the Villa of Hope.


Appointments available August through April:

  • Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Thursdays 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

To ensure that you have the best experience possible, appointments are required to shop at Pencils & Paper. Prior to scheduling an appointment, please check to see if your school is on the enrollment list. If your school is on the enrollment list, please email your school administrator/principal for the link invite to sign up for an appointment using our online system.

If your school is not on the enrollment list, please contact to determine whether your school is eligible.


Donations are accepted at our location on Wednesdays between 9-3 or by appointment. Please contact 585-736-4610 to schedule a drop off. 

Pencils & Paper does not accept USED  crayons , colored pencils, erasers, child scissors, hanging files, envelopes, notebooks, or lined pads. Click here for list of teachers’ most needed items you can donate.


Volunteers are vital to the success of Pencils & Paper. There are many volunteer opportunities available!