Community Engagement & Philanthropy
The Hillsborough Education Foundation has established a fund to help students at Lee Elementary School, which caught fire Tuesday, Sept. 12. Tax-deductible donations will go toward the replenishment of books, supplies and other essential items needed for the school's 329 students and 25 teachers impacted by the fire.
In addition to monetary contributions, we are accepting donations of school supplies as well.
Needed supplies include:
- Art Supplies
- Craft Supplies
- Engineering-type Building Sets
- Musical Instruments (violins, guitars, African drums and other string and percussion cultural instruments)
- Cultural Costumes, props and hats
- Flags, posters, games, puzzles and literature from other continents
- Supplies for classes on sewing, yoga, chess, photography, weaving and cryptography
- Items and incentives for student store
- 800 personal white boards
- Painter's tape/sticky tack
- Copy Paper (white/color)
- Lamination paper
- Highlighter tape
- Sheet protectors
If you wish to contribute school supplies, they can be dropped off at the following locations:
Hillsborough County School District Warehouse
5715 E. Hanna Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610
Time: Thursday and Friday, 9/14 and 9/15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hillsborough Education Foundation
2306 N. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607
Time: Thursday and Friday, 9/14 and 9/15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9/16, 9 a.m. to noon.
We will continue to receive donations at HEF Sept. 18-29, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Financial contributions raised will be used to replace all of the unique teaching tools that made classrooms at Lee Elementary one-of-a-kind. Once the students and teachers at Lee are fully supported with the supplies they need, any remaining supplies will go toward supporting students in need at other Title I schools.
If you have questions, please call the HEF office at (813)574-0260 or email Kim Jowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While many other onliine accounts and funds have appeared, this is the only relief fund directly associated with Hillsborough County Public Schools and Lee Elementary Magnet School. People can also go to educationfoundation.com and find the Lee Elementary donation page.
Update on Lee Elementary Magnet School
After the devastating fire that engulfed Lee Elementary Magnet School on Tuesday, September 12, Hillsborough County Public Schools has developed a plan for students and staff moving forward.
Beginning on Monday, September 18, Lee Elementary students and staff will share the campus of Lockhart Elementary Magnet School. Lockhart is located just 1.4 miles away from Lee Elementary, at 3719 North 17th Street, Tampa.
Lockhart Elementary is a magnet school and has space for nearly 300 more students. Lockhart Elementary is also located next to Young Middle Magnet School. For the first two to three weeks, the older students from Lee Elementary will temporarily learn in classrooms on Young’s campus, while the district installs portable classrooms at Lockhart within a few weeks.
Lee Elementary and the district have received an outpouring of support from other schools and the community. We will have information released shortly on ways people can donate school supplies or help with other donations.
The district is also coordinating with other schools, asking school staffs from across the district, to roll up their sleeves and help set up the new classroom space at Lockhart Elementary this Friday, September 15.
In addition, Superintendent Jeff Eakins has authorized an emergency supplement for every staff member at Lee Elementary School. All full time employees at Lee Elementary will receive a $1,000 emergency supplement in their bank accounts, this Friday, September 15. Superintendent Eakins is aware that staff members lost personal items and items they cherished in their classrooms and offices during the tragic fire. The supplement will allow teachers and staff to replenish the items used to create a caring learning environment for all students.
For any students, staff (both current and former) and community members who may need to speak to counselors during this challenging time, school district grief counselors will be available beginning Thursday morning at Lockhart Elementary Magnet School.