Donating School Supplies

In a recent entry about parent involvement in schools, I mentioned that one thing that parents can do is offer supplies.

Some parents get upset (and reasonably so) arguing that their tax dollars should cover the cost of supplies in the schools. Let’s expand the discussion and think of some unorthodox school supplies that could be offered.

Simply saving household items that would otherwise be discarded or recycled such as the cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls or empty plastic milk cartons are supplies that teachers often use with their classes for part projects. Another example would be the numerous plastic bags that we all collect from grocery and department stores. Having a large supply of those in school would be perfect to protect books and papers on their way home on an unexpected rainy day.

What ideas for unorthodox school supplies can you add to the list?

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