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If you are a teacher, or just a parent who likes to contribute to the classroom, you might be wondering how you can help stock the room for less. Take a look at 7 ways to get free things for your classroom, so you can go into the school year prepared and still within budget. It is fairly easy, and just takes a little creativity. Take a look below to get started.
1. Put an ad out through social media.
Each year teachers retire, and in turn have tons of supplies they want to get rid of. Put an ad on your social media pages asking for these materials. Offer to pack and haul them away in exchange for keeping what you can use.
2. Write to product companies.
Write a simple letter or email to product supply companies asking for samples and savings. Let them know you are an educator and have them ship to the school address. Chances are they will be happy to send a sample or two, especially if you offer to share your feedback about the product.
3. Get the community involved.
Ask neighbors, family, and friends to snag items at penny sales or gather supplies they are no longer using. Hold a drive to gather these items to use in your school. The other teachers will love you for it and it is a great way to get others involved.
4. Find freebie pages.
There are thousands of freebie sites on the internet. Do a simple Google search for “free stuff for teachers” and see what you can dig up. There are typically surveys and short forms you can fill out to get free samples and materials for your room.
5. Call local businesses.
See if local businesses are willing to come and give a presentation to the kids and bring freebies with them. For example, call the local dentist office and see if they will come and speak to the kids. They may even bring free toothbrushes. You can also ask local businesses if they wish to hold a supply drive or donate materials to your school. It is a tax write off for them, so they may be interested.
6. Enter those contests.
There are quite a few contests in the fall where teachers can sign up to win electronics and materials for their rooms. Keep your eyes peeled for store displays, ads on packaging, and contents on the local level in your town.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Never be afraid to ask for the scraps that others may toss out. Ask local businesses for their scrap paper. Local art and craft stores may give you there opened or damage products. If you see the opportunity, embrace it. Let companies know that what may seem like trash to them is usable to you, and to contact you if they should be getting rid of anything.
Think outside the box and keep your mind open to opportunity and chances are, you can snag all sorts of freebies for your classroom. Every little bit helps, so snag these items as you come across them and in time, you are sure to build up a nice supply. This was just our list of how to get free things for your classroom, do you have any tips to add?