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Review for Ruths Reusable Resources, Portland, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a special education teacher at the high school level. I have been going to Ruth's for years and years and found items that perfectly fit the needs of my students AND items I had not idea what their intended purpose was, but again, fit the bill to a T. The most recent positive development is acquiring just the right thickness of material to balance the accoustics in our reading nook. Oh, the echo was really distracting, and students were put off, and sometimes brought to laughing at how they sounded when asked to do phonetic practice. Ruth's to the rescue. As much fun as we had laughing at the echo, students have stated that it's so much clearer now that the echo is more direct impact the materials I find at Ruth's.
As much as I get from Ruth's, the organization gives back to the community in other ways too. I've seen community members from businesses to group homes to disabled adults working productively, regularly at Ruth's with a sincere and clearly visible sense of accomplishment.

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

if I need it, Ruth's most likely has it. She knows her items, as well as their versatility. Time and again, Ruth demonstrates that students are the reason for the organization and all energies, both physical and creative, go toward helping teachers do what they do best. Our district is one of many transient students. Providing materials - from pencils to packs to lunch boxes....all serve to ensure kids can attend to the lessons offered.

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

Hire staff...volunteers alone cannot keep up with the need. Stacking, sorting, shelving items for teachers to collect, is a time consuming task and piecemeal, with volunteers is not enough.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I teach all my phonetically based reading programs in the nook while other students practice their reading quietly in another part of the room.