Imagine a store full of school supplies, art materials, toys, books,DVD’s, computers, printers and more. Now imagine that everything inside that store was FREE!
Well guess how lucky I feel every August when I shop in that very store! We are so very blessed, that in Cincinnati we have a teacher free store called Crayons to Computers. Where literally everything from crayons to computers are FREE! How amazing is the person/people who started this place? They recognized the fact that many of our students are needy and can’t afford the basic supplies we ask them to bring. As well as the fact, that we as teachers spend thousands each year on our classrooms.
Many schools in Cincinnati qualify to shop monthly due to the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. My school doesn’t qualify, but you can earn a shopping trip by volunteering for 3 hours. Therefore, my sweet teacher friends and I went today and did a little volunteering!
My adorable friend and former student teacher Maggie.
So lucky to work with this girl.
She was slaving away with some stickers today!
How cute are the girls I work with? Ms. Jen volunteering her heart out. Love her!
My super sweet teaching partner Becky with her coupon to shop after our 3 hours of chatting and working and chatting some more!
(The poor guy working with us, seriously had earphones on and a ipod going to tune us out.)
Apparently, there are 42 other stores modeled after Crayons to Computers in the U.S. The amazing part is this store is run entirely with donations from our community! People are so generous. Below are more pictures of the store and my awesome team! Get ready for picture overload. I can’t wait to shop. I was seriously drooling!
(Please don’t mind my horrible hair. It’s long overdue for a cut and color. Yes, I’m the only non-blonde.)
Love my teacher friends!
How fun is this section?
Brand new books!
Glue, tape, ribbon, band aides, and the best magnets you have ever used in your life!
Everything from paint and cardstock to musical greeting cards!
Art supplies? Yes please.
Scrapbook supplies a plenty!
They have every cut out you could ever imagine! An entire wall!
Shape books for every season.
The best thing that ever happened to me!
New chair pockets every year!
How lovely are these?
(Little fact: Guess who sew these? Actually…inmates. It’s part of a rehabilitation program called Crafts with Conviction)
We know how I love containers!
Got Glue? Now you do.
Does anyone remember that show Shop Til You Drop?
That is seriously what it will be like on August 1st when I go. I just have to remember my classroom is only so big. I’ve gotten better at not going overboard, if you consider filling just half of a Tahoe instead of all, not bad.
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