August 10, 2005
I put out an 'all call' to teachers and parents (through an article in our school newsletter and the teacher's lounge bulletin board) accepting donations of any 'clean out your toy box' items, willing to accept anything, but especially looking for old 'Happy Meal' type prizes or other 'trinkets' won here and there and not used any more. You'd be amazed at what parents are grateful to part with, and the price couldn't be better. I use the same technique to add to my class library, asking for donations of 'once loved but grown out of books' from older students' home book shelves. They recycle perfectly for use by my younger students.