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RE: Supplies


From: Kimberly Herbert (kherbert_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 01 2002 - 04:40:32 PDT

Our district has a program to help parents get school clothes for their
children. It is called Common Threads, and it includes uniforms for
elementary students, clothes and toiletries for older students.

I watch ads year around for supplies I need or my students need. For
example Office Depot often has boxes of 1" ring binders on sale (buy 7
get 5 free). I have 4 boxes from the last sale stacked in my bedroom
right now. I use notebooks instead of file folders for lesson plans/unit
information in hard copy and on a CDROM. A habit I developed at the
museum since I often had to haul my files over to the main museum

Kimberly Herbert

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Subject: Re: Supplies

You might also check with your school system to see if there are any
organized "give-aways".  Memphis City-County Schools (or someone who
does this for them) organizes a huge teacher-giveaway every year before
school begins because there are so many underpriviledged kids in Memphis
with few being able to buy even the most basic supplies.  We have lots
of children who don't even come to school until after the 1st of the
month (and school begins this year in the middle of August) because
parents simply don't have the resources to buy school supplies or school
clothes (and our city school system went to uniforms this year) until
their Aid check arrives on Sept. 1. 

The businesses in Memphis have joined together and keep a running store
in which teachers can bring their own bags and take home as much as they
need. ( I think they run the store for a couple of weeks prior to school
starting).  I was also in a class last summer  in Education Leadership
that one of men in the class (an assistant-principal) said they had a
local church who did a clothes drive every year for new shoes, socks,
you know, the basics and then allowed parents referred by MIFA (Memphis
Inter-faith Association) to come in and shop for their children with
church-issued store money (each family got so much per child) so that
children could attend school from the outset and not have to wait until
after Sept. 1.

If you access to local churches and businesses who want to do outreach
into your community, this might be a great way for them to help you and
help out worthy parents and kids.

I thought it was a wonderful idea, and this particular school was in a
relatively poor area of town with a mixed community and working class
people. (aren't we all!)

Susan Sanders
University of Memphis ---