Every child in Tulsa deserves the school supplies needed for successful learning — and Selser Schaefer Architects is proud to be a part of the initiative. 50% of students enrolled in Tulsa’s public schools live at or below the federal poverty level. Accordingly, these families struggle to make ends meet and cannot afford to provide school supplies for their children. The Pencil Box is a charitable organization that seeks to equalize the learning potential of all children by providing a wide variety of classroom supplies at no cost to disadvantaged public schools.
The Pencil Box’s expanding outreach and operations outgrew its original location so we teamed up to design a building that would serve as their permanent home. Located near West 25th and Southwest Boulevard, the new facility embodies the lively, child-focused brand from the outside while serving the busy non-profit’s business needs inside, including retail, administrative offices, shipping-receiving, processing, and warehouse storage.
At The Pencil Box, teachers from eligible schools in school districts across Tulsa County are invited to “shop” for classroom supplies. The new facility provides the space that employees and volunteers need to organize, store, and display supplies to ensure teachers can access what they need for their classrooms and students at no cost to them.
Learn more about The Pencil Box here.