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October 29, 2008

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October 29, 2008

Today my 3rd graders combined measurement and planning skills, language skills, creativity, and materials that might have been discarded instead of cherished . . . to create monogram cards, each as unique as its artist. It's Halloween week, and we put our capital letters "in costume". Tomorrow my 3rd graders will use their letter-writing skills to personalize their cards, put them in hand-decorated RAFT envelopes, and further the preservation of the hand-written letter as a treasured form of social connection. RAFT provides me kits that match the state's curriculum requirements, completely capture student interest, are affordable in this time of budget cuts, and that I would NEVER have been able to pull together on my own. RAFT offers me workshops that are models of classroom management while teaching activities that enrich my students' creative opportunities. RAFT inspires me with its synthesis and excitement. RAFT offers corporations a lively opportunity to do a wonderful thing for children and the financial advantage of not paying to discard their overages.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the eager participation of my students in lessons that would be "deadly" if taught only with the text.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the year after year consistency of helpfulness to teachers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely positive and supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

repliate itself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 16, 2008

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October 16, 2008

Outstanding resource! I am a special needs teacher who travels more than 45 miles each way to make use of the creativity and generosity of the persons who make this resource possible. Just this last visit I was able to add a laptop to my classroom, which otherwise would never have been possible. I love the "hands on" incredibly well priced teaching tools.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enthusiasm my students have for using their learning tools.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

open satellite stores or establish a mobile version to reach more educational organizations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The enthusiasm and helpfulness of the staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely helpful and warm.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach a broader audience.

Ways to make it better...

I ddid not have to travel so far to reach this resource.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to gain meaningful donations and persons to staff and run the organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am continuously astounded by the creativity of the staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 6, 2008

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September 6, 2008

This organization is wonderful. I have used the items I have obtained to help my girls (cadettes) to complete interest projects (badges). The excellent pricing policies have helped to stretch limited troop funds. You definately get your moneys' worth at RAFT!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My cadette girl scout troop. RAFT materials have helped us complete interest projects (badges)in an economical manner - not to mention fun!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I can browse as long as I like. There is no one trying to rush me. However, there is always someone available if I need help. I wish all stores did this.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open more locations to reach a larger clientele.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 4, 2008

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September 4, 2008

I have taken many workshops over the years but the workshops that I took this summer: weaving, nature journals, and innovation were fun, stimulating and helped me go back to school with exciting new ideas!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgeable professionals who are really excited about learning!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 29, 2008

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August 29, 2008

This is your one stop shop for ideas and supplies to make your teaching more hands-on. The ladies in the green room are wonderful at helping you get your ideas from concept to fruition.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my sons scouting camp this summer they got to do owl pellets and the earthquake simulator.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get more locations

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finding unique ways to teach ordinary subjects.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set up more locations.

Ways to make it better...

there were more language and history ideas.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growth and continuing sponsorship

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a wonderful idea I am so glad Raft is here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 28, 2008

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August 28, 2008

I go to RAFT for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sunday School, youth religious class and for a hands-on science class There are always so many new materials and ideas available. And if I do purchase something, try it out and it's not a great success with the students, I am out only a few dollars. The staff and classes are so informative and helpful. Can't say enough good things about RAFT. Thanks to everyone who works there and to the people and corporations who donate to RAFT!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful. They seem to enjoy working there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make it even less expensive to become a member.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 28, 2008

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August 28, 2008

What a great place to get project ideas (plus the materials for them). Enough new items come in to keep things fresh. Definitely worth the membership and the drive there.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they continuously strive to find fresh ideas/projects from new or existing materials.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 28, 2008

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August 28, 2008

Whenever you see a great organization doing the right things, look behind for a shining star. RAFT is fortunate because founding director Mary Simon is a dedicated individual who strongly believes in what they do. So many children are served each day; things are taken from the waste stream and re-used (not recycled) and everyone wins. I love RAFT!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own child's school and places where I used to work (and RAFT picked up left-over supplies)

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful people involved, the great volunteers, the system itself.

Ways to make it better...

I am not sure how they could improve at this point. I am very satisfied with my RAFT experiences.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 28, 2008

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August 28, 2008

This is a great place to get bargain knick-knacks and doo-dads for your classroom. There are also fabulous games and activities in a bag for you to assemble and do in class. All are aligned with the state standards! And so cheap, too!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to San Mateo County!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 28, 2008

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August 28, 2008

I love RAFT, and go there at least twice a month (even though it's at least an hour/60 mile drive for me). The workshops I have taken over the past 6 years have made me a much better teacher. I have a wide collection of hands-on activities and lessons to bring to my students on a wide range of subjects and levels. I recommend going to RAFT to all of my teaching acquaintances. I also buy an amazing amount of materials to share with my students (Title 1)-- they love it! The kits really help me teach. And the fun, creative objects (I don't know what to call the wide range of things that you can get at RAFT) have broadened my teaching and creativity....Also, I'm in love with the incredibly-priced Klutz books! What a treat! What a privilege!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping teachers reach the students of today.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have an online order service!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting other teachers, sharing ideas, learning more about science, math, art.... and getting great new ideas.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always terrific-- helpful, educated, and just wonderful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really reach out directly to schools!

Ways to make it better...

RAFT were closer-- or open on Sunday!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping it all going with so many school cutbacks.

One thing I'd also say is that...

RAFT has changed my life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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