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Can you smell the sweetness of pencil lead, sharpie markers and fresh paper for binders? I am past those days as my children are adults however as a parent, those days of waiting for the back to school sales still rings my alarm and I love to see what is available each year.
While these seem to be great days for some parents, it can cause distress for single parents or teachers who cannot find extra money to purchase items required for students.
My guest, Barbara Blalock of Treasures 4 Teachers, has resources for educators and students throughout Arizona. They actively seek out and collect unwanted, but reusable, materials throughout the community and make them available to teachers free and at very low cost. The materials come from various sources: manufacturers, businesses, other non-profit agencies and private donations. The program also gives back to single parents of Arizona State University who have children and adopt them to supply items for back to school.
Yes, you too can start a program like this in your area, have you tried? I have tons of crayons, why? No kids! Perhaps I too will box up these items and send them to Treasures 4 Teachers. I am sure they could put them to good use.
If you have any items they could use, please contact the program Director, Barbara Blalock. I am sure they will find homes for all the items you wish to donate.
Please consider giving today as school in Arizona starts today. If you are not local, contact a school in your area and see what their needs are. Everyone is needing help these days.
It's good to talk.