Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Futuro Lleno de Esperanza 2014-2015 Wish/Needs List

I've spent the past few weeks weeding through our supply closet/library at school, throwing away trash (broken toys, ripped papers, dried out clay, etc...), rearranging shelves and furniture and making lists of things we need.

Luckily, there's not many things that we need. Our needs have been met - and generously. We have a number of things - you know, that kids use and wear out - that we will always need replenished, but we finally have most of the basics: desks, chairs, chalk boards, book shelves, etc...

In the past, a lot of my blog readers have collaborated to get us what we want and what we need so that we can offer a quality education to our students. That's why I'm posting our wish-list here, as well as on our Facebook page.

Crayons          Rulers
Pencils            Felt
Markers         Kid Scissors
Erasers           Yarn
Teacher Scissors
Dry Erase Markers
Foam Paper
Pencil Sharpeners
Glue Sticks (not white glue)
Borders, Name Tags, Index Cards
Board Games - non-language related (or in Spanish): UNO cards, Sorry, Parchesi, Jenga, Connect4, etc...
Spanish Story Books
2 Dry Erase Boards
Bathroom Scale
Plastic Shelving/Crates/Cubes
Used Cell Phone (unblock-able) for the office
Math Games and Materials (like Unit-10 blocks, number lines, tangram blocks, etc...)
Children's acetemetophen (no Advil or aspirin due to mosquito-borne illnesses) and Pepto-Bismol
Hand sanitizer
Plastic Cups (about 60) and 3 solid plastic pitchers (for drinking water)

Craft Supplies - google eyes, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, glitter, etc...
Cut-out (Dye-Cut letters)
Puzzles (wooden and  pieces jigsaws)
Classroom decorations
Reward Stickers
Lacing toys (weaving, big beads, cards)
Staplers and Staples
Puppets (finger/stick/full size)
Dress up clothes
Plastic Storage containers (small and large)
Kid-friendly science stuff (magnifying glasses, microscope, eye droppers, animal toys, magnets, mirrors, etc..)

We have a list on - which is just an idea of what things look like, please, if you can find it cheaper somewhere else (like a consignment/thrift shop), even better. I've hyper-linked most of the stuff on the list to the dollar tree store or oriental trading, since that's where I usually buy stuff (it's bulk and cheaper), but again, feel free to be creative.

Of course, we need to transport stuff from the USA to the DR, so if you're willing to help to pay for shipping, we'd love that. We can also buy many things in the DR - like dry-erase boards - that would be difficult to ship.

Please, please let me know if you would like to help Futuro Lleno de Esperanza continue to offer quality education for our students through our wish-list at futurollenodeesperanza (@) gmail (dot) com or melanie512 (@) gmail (dot) com. Soon, we'll be launching some fund-raising programs to support the school financially - keep a look out on our Facebook page for that!

------------disclaimer: while Fundacion Futuro Lleno de Esperanza is a legal and recognized non-for-profit, non-governmental organization in the Dominican Republic (RNC: 430124062), we do not have 501c3 status in the USA, and therefore are unable to issue tax-receipts for donations. I can assure you, though, that all donations go toward the betterment of our schools and communities.


Rebecca Rousculp said...

Awesome! Where can we make a donation (since you're so savvy and will be able to find a way better deal than me)?

melanie. said...

good idea, rebecca. taken care of :)