Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers 

Who Will Be Invited to Shop?

Schools in Monroe County with 70% or more of students being eligible for free and reduced meal programs will be invited to enroll and shop first.

Teachers from enrolled schools will be eligible to shop for free school supplies once per semester.  As Pencils & Paper capacity grows, additional schools will be enrolled for shopping privileges.

What is Available at a Shopping Session?

Pencils & Paper is stocked with basic classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, pens, glue, markers, art supplies, tissues, tooth paste and toothbrushes and much, much more (most items are new).

There is no cash register and everything in the store is free.  Items can only be used for the benefit of students in need in our community.

When Can Teachers Shop?

Shopping hours are as scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm and select Saturdays and school holiday mornings from late August to April.

Where is Pencils & Paper Located?

Pencils & Paper is located at Water Tower Park, 1099 Jay Street, Building N just off 490 (Exit at Ames St or Mt Read Blvd). 

How Can Teachers Sign Up to Shop?

We will provide teachers from eligible schools website access to enroll and sign up for shopping sessions. Teachers from eligible schools can click on the shopping cart to register and then sign-up for a shopping slot.

For any other questions, please contact Amy Rau, Program Director at or (585) 736-4610.

*Student and teacher thank you notes and pictures let our donors know how much their support means. Please send email us pictures of your students using supplies by clicking the button below!*

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Pencils & Paper 
1099 Jay St.
Mailbox A-3
Rochester, NY 14611


Pencils & Paper is located at 1099 Jay Street, (Water Tower Park) Building N, Rochester, NY   14611.  Directions: 490 to Ames or Mt Read, then on to Jay St. to Water Tower Park. Once in Water Tower Park, go to the Ames St side of the complex and Building N is all the way in the back (behind the Villa of Hope building). Our parking area is next to the store entrance- up against 490 and underneath the large billboard sign. You will see the Pencils & Paper logo signage on the entrance door.

Teachers: Click on the shopping cart below to register and sign up for a shopping session: