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Rethink Back-to-School Shopping


Back to School Already?

Every year it seems that summer flies by even faster. It seems like we were just working on school locker clean outs and sorting through year end projects. However, with the start of school just a few days away, now is the best time to start thinking about school and classroom supplies. I would recommend a trip to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, 4695 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA. 510-547-6470. The Depot gets materials donated from the general public as well as businesses for reuse to teachers, artists and the community. If you go to the back of the store, you will find their teacher resource center. Lots of pens, paper, markers, paints, tins and other consumables can be found at the Depot as well as other things you just didn't know you had to have. If you have stuff left over from last school year that you know you won't use, bring it with you for donation.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
 

Another excellent source for good school supplies is the Resource Area for Teachers, as known as RAFT. While it may seem like a long drive to San Jose, the supplies make the trip well worth it. The materials found at RAFT come largely from businesses. RAFT features all kinds of office supplies like staplers, staple removers as well as paints, calendars, binders, organizers, paper, stickers and lots more. In RAFT's Green Room, teachers can find a large collection of Ellison dies for use by members. In addition, you'll find paper cutters, book binding equipment, a computer, a button maker, a copier and laminator. Green Room Gatherings are informal drop-in mini workshops that take place on select Thursdays between 5:00pm and 6:00pm and Saturday mornings between 9:30am and 12:00pm. They are fun and FREE. Check out the RAFT website for more details: www.raft.net Be sure to check out the lesson plans and kits which include supplies for 20 students.

Resource Area for Teachers

The website Earth911 has a great article on how to save on school supplies. For more information, here is the article.

http://earth911.com/news/2011/08/16/10-back-to-school-items-to-buy-used/ 

Challenge yourself to reduce the amount of waste you generate at school and home and have a great school year!