So determined she was, and knowing that many of her students were impoverished, she ended up dumpster diving at the very affluent Carmel Public Schools. She ended up with three carloads worth of school supplies, many of them in wrappers.
This story really struck a nerve with me. And the more I've thought about it, the madder I've gotten.
It's not even about the wastefulness of tossing these supplies. It's that these could have with very little effort gone to brightening someone's day.
So, Carmel (and any other school where this occurs), here's where you can stick your school supplies:
- Scout troop.
- Vacation Bible Schools, preschool programs and Parent's Day Out.
- Day care centers.
- Homeless shelters.
- Any social service organization - many clients may have to take their children with them, and art supplies and notebooks would occupy them while they are waiting.
- Garage sales.
- Survival packets to take to church (or any other place where kids have to be quiet but struggle.) It's great to be able to hand a frustrated parent some extra crayons and pages to color on!
- Retirement homes. You'd be surprised what craft supplies will do to help our older generations who just need some stimulation!
Any place else I missed? Where else would you tell them to stick it?