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Students from Lee Elementary Magnet

Help support our teachers and families from Lee Elementary Magnet School

How else can I help?

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:

Classroom needs:
  • Art Supplies
  • Craft Supplies
  • Engineering-type Building Sets
  • Legos
  • 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
Additional teacher needs include:
  • 800 personal white boards
  • Painter's tape/sticky tack
  • Copy Paper (white/color)
  • Lamination paper
  • Highlighter tape
  • Sheet protectors
  • Clipboards

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 kjowell@educationfoundation.com.

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.

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