My colleagues and I just went through a very traumatic thing � our school burned down. Luckily, the fire started early in the morning, before anyone was at school. No one was hurt! Through this experience, I feel I have an extremely important tip. Make and keep an updated inventory list or copies of your orders in two places. Keep one at home and one at school. We are in the process of 're-inventing' our inventory for insurance purposes, and all our records of this were at school. If you have taught for any length of time, you know how difficult this task can be. You just never think of your school actually burning to the ground, with nothing left. For elementary teachers, think of all the books you purchase for your classroom library. We have had an absolutely wonderful response from our community and schools from near and far. But, of course, some things can never be replaced. We are a very close staff, thankful for each other and we are getting through this. Just wanted to pass this tip along in the hopes of helping others who (hopefully not) may need to rebuild their school lives in the future.