Thursday, August 2, 2012

Free Stuff for School with Freecycle.org

We all love a good deal and most of us are hitting our local stores for their back to school sales.  There's another resource that I use throughout the year to get some great supplies for my classroom.  Some of you may already know about it and I'm sure it has already been blogged about.  Freecycle!

Such a great resouce for 'stuff'

When I'm in need of something that I'd rather not spend money on, I turn to Freecycle.org.  If you aren't familiar with it, it's an online resource that connects people who either need/want a particular item or are looking to get rid of something.  Think of the old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure."  I won't go into the details of how it works.  If you're interested, you can get that info online.  Just know that it's incredibly easy!  Here are just a few of the things I've asked for and received:

*a barely used telescope and books about space for one budding 5th grade astronomer in my class
*enough scrapbooking materials that we were able to do a class book without buying anything
*an ongoing relationship with several freecyclers who routinely drop off Boxtops for Education
*an incredible assortment of knick knacks and treasures for the Santa Shop I have every year
*several sets of oil pastels
*a new globe for a little guy in my class who was obsessed with geography
*almost a class set of 3 ring binders in near new condition
*puzzles and games
*enough childrens' books to stock a fellow teacher's bookshelves when she switched grade levels
*one freecyler anonymously dropped off (in the cloak of darkness) a class set of felt scarves that she made for my kiddos
*sports equipment
*a Habitrail hamster set up for one of my students who needed a bigger cage for his critters.
*a sturdy bookcase

Those are just a few of the great things I've gotten for FREE.  It's definitely worth checking out!  I've even managed to find a home for a few things that have been hanging out in my garage for too long.

Go check it out.  What's the worst that could happen?  You mght find a home for some of your junk and get some treasures for your classroom in return.


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