With school budgets the way they are, it's more important than ever for teachers find free stuff to enhance their curriculum and classrooms. From books and reproducibles to computer software and video equipment, there's free stuff out there if you just know where to look.
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Talk to other teachers in your building about where they find stuff for free. Teachers who have been around a while may have a wealth of resources for free classroom stuff.
Get on the mailing list for school supply catalogues. Look carefully at the different supply companies and make purchases from those who throw in freebies after you spend a certain dollar amount.
Contact local businesses and look for classroom sponsors. Often businesses give away money or supplies as charitable contributions. Get in touch with large manufacturers or corporations about free teaching materials available with certain products.
Research grant opportunities for teachers. Applying for grants will often get you free materials or money to purchase supplies for a particular project. Check out state education departments, local district grants, government grants and university grants.
Take advantage of area museums and places of interest that will send out teaching kits to coincide with field trips.
Get your school involved in collecting Campbell's Soup Labels, General Mills Box Tops for Education and other in-store school rewards programs. These companies and stores like Target give schools money for labels and box tops. They also donate a percentage of purchases back to schools on their lists.
Involve your classroom in the Scholastic Book order program. For every book ordered, the teacher receives points that can be exchanged for free educational materials and books for the classroom.
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