Administration within a school makes a huge difference in the attitude of the school community. For the past 3 years, I have practically thrown myself at the Principal and Assistant Principal of the school my nephew and niece attend that I am willing to help with all kinds of stuff. I get all kinds of freebies just like you all do, and I get a few perks from running the Penniless Teacher blog as well. For the life of me, I couldn’t get the Principal or AP to respond to any offer of FREE items other than drop them off and we’ll take care of it.
Knowing that there is bias, along with the “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” that is a very large hurdle in this school district, I wouldn’t just hand over items. My purpose and bottom line is the items are for teachers and therefore are the recipients property, not the property of the school that can be snatched away from you in a moment.
New administration this year who is more than happy to speak with me! C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!!!! I told her to let me know if she needs anything and I’ll try to get it for her. She took me up in a second asking if I could create little items to give to the teachers for the first day of pre-planning. I’ve been hard at work-since Friday afternoon! Believe it or not, all of the gift bags and the contents didn’t cost me anything–all totally FREE.
A friend gave me a TON of the gift bags years ago and this finally gets them out of my house! All of the contents are items I have scored for FREE at @Staples in the past few weeks with their #BackToSchool #StaplesHasIt sales, that are #classroom useful. Hmmm, maybe I should create an inventory of items and calculate the actual retail value?
Teachers return for pre-planning Wednesday (YIKES), so I have to complete the packages tonight for special courier delivery (aka-my sister), then I can resume my bloggy schedule.
The moral of the story…..take volunteers when they appear, you just might hit the jackpot!
Would your administration accept a former teacher volunteer? If you were receiving the goodie bag, what would you hope to find inside….aside from the winning lottery ticket
P.S. Cat not included 🙂