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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Warning: This is not a fitness/health blog. emoticon

I am in a class required for teachers to achieve tenure. The two instructors were telling us about the distribution center in our district. I've heard of this place before, but I had no idea it is near my house! emoticon I knew they had auctions once in a while, but didn't think they would have anything in good shape.

HOWEVER, I'm all for recycling and saving $$, so I checked it out on my way home. I thought it was kind of fun! There were student desks, teacher desks, chairs, file cabinets, cubbies, P.E. equipment, old computer monitors, a drafting table, many different sizes and shapes of tables, bookshelves, etc...

Immediately, I found 7 chairs that are a definite improvement over the ones in my room. I was happy and asked if they had any books, but all they had were old, high school text books. I stood contemplating a file cabinet, when I hear someone say, "Is that lady still here who wanted books?"

I sprung over there like a jackrabbit! What to my glossy eyes did appear? A freaking HUGE pile of boxes full of books! I was told that an elementary school sent them there to be recycled.

"Wow, these are in excellent condition." I said, as I rummaged through a box. I didn't want to be greedy, so I took about 40 books. They were closing anyway. After asking if I could come back the next day, after class; she said they would be gone by then. I was a little surprised and inquired as to why they would be gone so quickly. They were to be SHREDDED! OK; this pissed me off! SHREDDED? why? They are in better condition than many of the books in my own school's media center. emoticon

After hearing that, I went back this AM, before class, to get about 120 more books. My 200 or so books did not even make a dent in the pile! On the way to class I felt so sad. Many of the kids in my school do not have books in their homes. I had been printing and sending paper books home with them, but even that gets expensive, since they do not last long. THIS year, I will be able to send REAL books home with them at their level. Hopefully, most will be returned; but if not, they were free anyway. emoticon

When I got to class, I thanked the instructor for telling us about it and told her my story. She was appalled and dismissed the class for 1 hour 1/2 to go get those books. All of us new teachers went (yes, even me again to help a friend get hers)!

Not one book was shredded! Went to my classroom and shelved the books that I stayed up late to level. I have many more to level, but it is a beautiful sight and I can't wait to share them with my kids! emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MOMASAURUS 8/21/2012 2:52PM

    I'm so glad to hear that they were all saved!! I can't believe that they were to be shredded. My son donates books that he out grows to his elementary school and Youth Center. They are so important!!

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JANEMARIE77 8/9/2012 8:55AM

    that is wonderful

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SAMI199 8/9/2012 1:40AM

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Fantastic-you are the best.

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MASRITE 8/2/2012 10:43PM

    How awesome was that? I am so happy that you were able to save the books and that the instructor let you all leave to get those books. Your school is going to be so happy!!

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ILIKECACTI 8/2/2012 5:51PM

    That's so AWESOME!!!!! It makes me sad that any useable books would be wasted! And it makes me really pissed when it's in light of kids not having books! I'm so glad you saved those books and lots of kids will benefit!

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LAURELSPARK 8/2/2012 12:22PM

    Thank goodness that your instructor told you about the distribution center. It's really a shame that so many things get pitched in our district.

One year, one of my "dads" was allowed to collect books and they were sent to a school in Belize (I think). Some kind of charity footed the bill on postage so it was a win-win.

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2HAMSDIET 8/2/2012 11:46AM

    emoticon emoticon We sure do live in a crazy world. So glad there are people around to help straighten it out. What a great thing you did. I hope you counted all the box carrying as exercise. Teachers are the best. emoticon emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 8/2/2012 11:21AM

    I can't imagine why another school would get rid of them? I think all schools are struggeling. Great "score" Dee. My cousin in law was teacher of the year out in Nebraska and now she "gathers" tons and tons of money for scholorships. You teachers are all wonderful and all about those kids. Thank goodness.

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CIVIAV 8/2/2012 6:49AM

    Way to stand for what really matters. Teachers are the best!

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MONKEYJO3 8/2/2012 1:37AM

    Dee I love it! Books open worlds to kids and adults. Good for you for jumping through the hoops to make sure that your students have them and not stopping until the job is done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYHN 8/2/2012 12:42AM

    Oh my god, that's amazing!!!! I can't believe they were going to be shredded!! How sad, when so many schools are struggling for supplies!!!

Yay, you deserve a Gold Medal for today!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 8/1/2012 11:02PM

    Wonderful!!! Thank you for making it possible to get those books rescued. I hope your students enjoy them!

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SKFEREBEE 8/1/2012 10:52PM

    It's amazing what some people consider trash. I believe books are always a treasure, especially for those in need. They should have at least donated them to Goodwill! So glad you were able to rescue them all, Dee :o)

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LESLIESENIOR 8/1/2012 10:18PM

    Dee, this is fantastic!!! I was always so frustrated by the books that would be marked "discard" and then we weren't allowed to send them home. We finally were able to get the district to send some of our discarded text books to Ronald McDonald House for the kids and their families.
So much waste when we are already in a financial crisis.
Good for you (and your professor) for making such a great choice in the name of our kids.

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HDHAWK 8/1/2012 10:05PM

    That is wonderful! So sad to think any of them would be shredded. There is always a school or kids in need.

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SUEAZZI 8/1/2012 9:58PM

    A sweet find indeed! I totally agree with SAFARIBABE, you got your workout Dee all the while doing a great deed! emoticon emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 8/1/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great and inspiring story!! When so many teachers seem almost apathetic to their charges it is so refreshing to hear about teachers going the extra mile or 20 miles! But then again I wouldn't expect anything less from the woman with a heart of gold!!

NOW! As for this slacking off on working out.....that's nonsense!! 1) Didn't you spend all day hauling books around? I presume they weighed something! Start curling book before you shelve them! 10 curls each arm before they can rest on the shelf! And I presume your bookcase has a few levels -- 10 squats before the books go on the shelf. You get the idea! 2) Cut yourself a little slack (not too much mind you but just a bit)!! You did a brilliant thing for your students. Jump for joy!! And if those jumps happen to resemble jumping much the better! LOL 3) YOU have lost 15lbs (I saw it on your tracker) that is a stone's throw from 20! 20 LBS!! GONE for GOOD! Now I know that you will do what it takes to run walk or crawl over that 20 lb mark. You're a teacher! Teachers have to constantly think of new and innovative ways to teach their students b/c one size does not fit all. So get to it Teach!! Start thinking outside the box about your fitness!! I KNOW you can come up with some innovative ways to get it done!


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MADAMES 8/1/2012 9:25PM

    OMG...what a neat story! Isn't it crazy the real life things we learn about that make absolutely NO sense? Shredding perfectly good books?? I am so happy for you and for the kids!! Wow...what a find!

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