Read about the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap, a project co-founded by OSI-Baltimore 2016 Community Fellow, Melissa Badeker, in a post this week in the Baltimore Fishbowl. The swap is a way for educators to both donate any unused supplies they’ve collected and shop for classroom materials at no cost.
Badeker was inspired to start the swap after throwing away nearly five years’ worth of supplies when she and her husband moved to a new house. “Pretty much from that moment on, I thought no one should have to do that again,” she said.
According to the article, since 2014 they’ve swapped $78,000 worth of supplies that would have most likely been thrown out. You can also hear Badeker talk about the project with Sheilah Kast in this WYPR interview from November.