|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
*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.