The uses for surplus materials are endless. The Teacher EXCHANGE makes it easy to go green!

Teachers and students find many ways to use the items creatively in their classrooms. For example, by recycling surplus materials, teachers can use items such as ceramic tiles, wallpaper, yarn, fabric and craft supplies for a variety of projects that help students better understand math and science. In many classrooms, carpet samples and carpet squares are used for reading and activity centers that encourage literacy. Other materials are used to foster creativity in art projects, theater sets and plays.

Here is a list of items that many teachers have found very useful in their classroom. Please keep in mind that teachers can put a wide variety of materials and supplies to use. Any materials that inspire creativity are welcome.

  • Loose Leaf and Copy Paper
  • Card Stock, Construction Paper
  • Index Cards
  • Specialty Papers
  • Office Furniture and Chairs
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Markers and Crayons
  • Dry Erase Supplies
  • Scissors and Staplers
  • Rulers and Glue
  • Folders, Binders, and Notebooks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Tissues, Paper Towels
  • Erasers, Post-its, Tape
  • Backpacks
  • Pentium 4 or Higher Computer/Laptop
  • Musical Instruments
  • Printers, LCD Monitors, Scanners
  • Sports Equipment
  • Bookshelves, File Cabinets
  • Printer/Copier Ink Cartridges
  • Calculators
  • Carpet Samples and Tiles
  • Any materials that inspire creativity

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact the Teacher EXCHANGE at 702-263-6007.