Turn Holiday Clutter into Classroom Treasure with iLoveSchools.com

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Online donation site makes regifting to schools meaningful – not trivial

iLoveSchools.com, a national nonprofit corporation that links teachers, schools and districts with donors of new or used equipment and in-kind services, today announced that landfills have gotten enough for Christmas (face, they’re more than a little spoiled). Now it’s time to channel gently-used technology, games, books, art supplies and music instruments to America’s classrooms instead.

Christmas came, saw and conquered this year, leaving a pile of wrapping paper, boxes and new goodies in its wake. With storage space at a premium, today’s gifts are putting the squeeze on yesterday’s favorites. What should be done with gently-used items?

Donate those items through http://www.iLoveSchools.com, where they’ll find new life in a student’s hands. Once a donor registers on the site, he or she can post a DonorOffer, narrowing down which teachers see the post based on the following criteria: school type, grade, free-lunch, location and delivery method. Teachers will then respond to the offer, leading to painless coordination of the gift’s transfer. Teachers then thank the donor electronically with classroom images and student messages. The iLoveSchools.com service is a zero-cost service to teachers, while donors voluntarily give a small donation to help with the nonprofit’s administration costs.

What can you donate?

  • Electronics: It’s inevitable—Blu-Ray is replacing its aging father, DVD. But that doesn’t make the DVD player obsolete. Teachers are rarely outfitted with the latest and greatest in electronics. They need DVD players to play compatible movies.
  • Technology: Got that great new computer you’ve been wanting all year? Now, you can donate your trusted 2.0 ghz+ computer and LCD monitor to a classroom (CRTs go to the recycling center nowadays).
  • Toys: Make it fun! Children can take part in the giving process by choosing which toys to donate. Not only does that take the sting out of parting with a once-cherished plaything, but it’s instilling generosity at an age where lessons in citizenship stick.
  • Books: Classroom libraries are always looking for new additions. Teachers love to expand their libraries and turn their kids on to new books.
  • Sports equipment: Little Kelly lost interest in soccer two months ago and currently her her sights set on Tae Kwon Do. Now the lonely soccer ball sits in the garage, deflated. Give it a sense of purpose! Donate it to a school’s PE class or after school soccer program.

About iLoveSchools.com
Established in 2003, iLoveSchools.com is the first national web-based nonprofit organization matching schools and teachers with donors of new and used classroom equipment, materials, supplies and in-kind contributions. Our unique Internet-based solution links teachers and schools with donors committed to creating constructive learning environments for America’s preK-12th grade schoolchildren regardless of cultural or economic circumstances. For more information, please visit: http://www.iLoveSchools.com.

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