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    The Giving Tree
    By MsPropel

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    I've heard of teachers who make a big tree out of bulletin board paper outside of their rooms for open house and label it The Giving Tree. On it, they have pieces of paper (or leaves) that have different items on them that the the classroom could use. Then the parents can take a leaf and donate that item. This also would keep from acquiring duplicate items.

    Also, I know that we don't like to spend our own money on things for the classroom, but I have a ton of books and this is how I got them. I do scholastic orders and save up my bonus points until the end of the year and order the classroom library. You get 100 books for $99 or 50 books for $49. I use my points though and it doesn't cost me anything! I also check the catalog each month month and use some of the points on books I really want! Check your local libraries and find out when they have their annual book sales. My mom has gotten great deals there for me. Books for 10 cents! I also have gone to Goodwill and The Salvation Army for books. Again, these books are very inexpensive. I think I got some Berenstain Bear books for 25 cents! These are slightly used, but I like that better because I don't get too upset if something happens to them!

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