October 31, 2012
I teach 2nd grade in an innercity school in Dayton, Ohio. My students are mostly just plain poor or working poor. The building is new and very nice, and we have textbooks, but not much else. The families do not have the money to provide much in the way of supplies for their kids. Every year I spend hundreds of dollars on supplies for the kids and for me to use in my teaching. EVERYTHING from Craytons to Classrooms helps, even the little things like a handful of pencils or couple fresh dry erase markers or a jar of tempera paint or glitter for a holiday project. Paper of many kinds. Little notebooks, binders, and other fancy little things I can give to deserving kids to booster them up a little. They have a hard life, these little ones! My favorite thing about Crayons to Classrooms is that it gets my creative juices flowing. When I see something interesting on one of their shelves (and it may be something a little different/strange), right away I start figuring out how I can use it to teach my kids something, or what I can have them make from it, or how they can get excited about learning by using it. Last time we even got a bunch of BVDs for the boys - important items! Try teaching someone who has wet his pants and the underwear drawer is empty.
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September 16, 2011
Late one dreary afternoon last winter, after a lonnnnng day teaching my darling but demanding and highly vocal kindergartners, Crayons to Classrooms took me in and showered ME with attention. And gifts. Crayons and all kinds of wonderful school supplies and unusual things that spark interesting projects for the kids, yes, but also special stuff just for ME. The shiny black rotating caddy with a dozen different compartments that makes it a snap for ME to grab a band-aid, clip (each size in its own spot), the right pen or marker, and all those little things I don't have time to look for in a drawer while 29 kids are getting ideas. The extra wastebasket next to MY desk. The sturdy notebook with the pretty cover (MY favorite color) where I keep a log of all kinds of important things that go on each day. The very cool silver desk lamp doorprize I WON! It was like going to a teacher spa! I left Crayons to Classrooms feeling revived and well-equipped and raring to go again. P.S. The kids keep asking for the "magic" carbonless copy paper you gave so they can write more little stories! Lucky ME!
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my school system (innercity).
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Not a thing.
MY ROLE:Client Served & I received supplies and useful items for my classroom. .