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March 20, 2011

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March 20, 2011

I love going to Ruth's! With school budgets being cut each year, it's great to be able to get a wide variety of supplies that I can use in my classroom. Each time I go there I find something that sparks a new idea for a student activity that I wouldn't be able to do without their reusable or new resources. The staff is very friendly and helpful too. Thanks for all that you do for us.

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I try to go to Ruth's at least once a month for a wide variety of school supplies.

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Expand the space so it's not so crowded.

March 20, 2011

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March 20, 2011

I am a new teacher and have recently discovered Ruth's. I have been paying out of pocket for all of my classroom supply needs and still unable to get all that I need. Without Ruth's, I don't know what I would do. I have come to rely on the service/materials that they offer. I have never seen an organization so dedicated to utilizing the resources they have and collaborating with other groups so to help educators provide for our kids. I love Ruth's! I look forward to my Saturdays "shopping" there and finding inspiration with what they have to offer. I know many other educators who also have come to rely on Ruth's and appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to help benefit our kids. THANK YOU RUTH! My students and I are incredible grateful.

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My classroom has tape, staplers, pencils, materials to create class projects, organizational supplies, etc.

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Find more companies to donate new and used materials, and more monetary donations.

March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011

Ruth's is a resource for teachers. Items are donated by local companies such as LL Bean, US Felt MFG, Fibercraft, and Big Al's. The items donated consist of used binders, overstock office supplies, felt scraps or stickers. Teachers, whose school is registered, can pick out items of their choice to bring back to their classroom. Today I got everything from felt scraps which will be used as filters in science class, pencils, used binders, and mesh bags which will be used for leaf litter macro-invertebrate lessons. Empty unused plastic chowder containers and paint brushes will be used to hold materials for building anatomical models. The facility is very well organized, clean and carefully monitored.

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I have given economically challenged students a free binder and they gave me a appreciative grin.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would try to contact schools to see if they have old textbooks they could donate and make drop-off sites for donations around the state.

March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011

Ruth's Reusable Resources is nothing short of a miracle. The tons and tons of resources they have kept out of the waste stream and given away to schools is unbelievable. What is even more unbelievable is how much business and industry throw away. Then along comes Ruths and takes it all and passes it along. If you ever saw their warehouse and then saw the wonderful service and amazing people behind this effort you would give them any award you could dream up. Our school feels their work and generosity every day. We are committed to being environmental stewards at our school and Ruth's help us do this is a big way. For example, we have not bought a three ring binder, pencils, pens, art paper, envelopes, tables, pencil sharpeners, folders, or notebooks in three years because of them.

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As the principal of this small high school, The New School, I have personally experienced the care and determination of Ruth and her helpers, I have seen my school save enough money to remain viable in tough economic times, and we all feel so proud of reusing and recycling the vast amount of resources that business and industry trow away.

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I cannot think of a single thing! Honestly, they are just sensational.

March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011

It's hard to imagine how much brand new stuff businesses have to give away. It's very different in schools. Ruth's gives businesses a way to turn a terrible waste into a beautiful gift. Decent office furniture in a school is almost non-existent. What teacher would order himself a new chair? He would feel as if he were cheating his students out of some scarce supplies. The principal has a desk held together with strips of wood and dry wall screws. A drawer front is held on with duct tape. She wouldn't order a new desk. She would be embarrassed and the voters might be angry. Ruth's gives the folks a chance for new or nearly new stuff they would otherwise never get. The Ruth's crew is mostly volunteers and yet they know their way around the warehouse. They're brisk and efficient and friendly. Someone there does a terrific job training volunteers.

Ruth, Mary and all the rest of the crew provide a much needed service to us. Without them, we would do without. When I drive my truck to Ruth's, I feel like I'm on the Polar Express. When I get back to my school, I'm a believer again.

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the several trips I make every year to Ruth's Reusables. Many of my teacher colleagues go more often.

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offer more furniture days.

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

Every time I sit down in my chair at my desk, I have Ruth's to thank. Whenever I need oversized paper for a large project, I have Ruth's to thank. When I see some cool recycled item that sparks a new and exciting lesson plan, I have Ruth's to thank. When budgets keep shrinking and class sizes expand I thank my lucky stars that Ruth's is there to fill the gaps. Over the years I have created many lesson plans that use all recycled materials from Ruth's. What a lifesaver!

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My Art classroom, over and over again.

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Give them more funding!

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

I couldn't run my class without Ruth's Reusable Resources. Several times a year I go to get pencils, rulers, scissors, crayons, paper and other supplies for my kindergarten students. It is a great resource to have. They outreach to businesses in the area to donate supplies they do not need and teachers are able to build creative lesson plans around these materials. By finding a second use for these supplies we are keeping them from the trash, which helps the environment as well as providing needed resources to schools. It is a double benefit for all of us in the community!

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my classroom

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expand their offerings if possible to include even more discarded supplies from businesses in the area.

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

Each time I go to Ruth's Reusable Resources, I not only find the staff very helpful with finding necessary supplies for my classroom, but I also find they are always looking for ways they can improve what they have to offer our schools. Thousands of my students have benefited from the supplies I have brought back from this store. I hope they can not only keep things going, but find support to grow even more!

From a teacher in a southern Maine high school

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my classroom.

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hope it can continue to grow and offer more resources to teachers and schools.

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

During these most challenging budget times, Ruth Libby, her staff, and volunteers should be credited with helping to keep many school district supply budges from completely going under. Her vision, to bring gently used or surplus items from local businesses to school departments is not only fiscally responsible, but environmentally friendly as well. The simple fact is that these items are completely usable, but otherwise would be discarded. "Ruth's" allows this not to occur, but also gives a second lease on life for the items that would otherwise end up in the trash. Personally, I am going on my third year at "zero" budget- NOT zero increase, but "0-" for my classroom, and the students I have get exactly what they need for their educational process. Ruth is the best!

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