There is a forum I frequent and the other night I came across a post from a guy explaining a situation his wife, an OKC public schools teacher, was having with her classroom and her students. In his words:
"My wife is a K teacher at an OKC elementary school. They started school on Aug 1st and due to construction she has been forced to teach out of the library. There is nowhere to hang things on the walls, no desks for the kids to sit at, people constantly coming and going, etc... She did have a SmartBoard but they just took that to go install it in a classroom.
She could use just about anything, but specifically over-sized pillows, floor puzzles, lincoln logs, legos are he main things. There is also nowhere for large whiteboard, so some mini whiteboards are also something she is looking. We have no idea how much longer it will be until she is able to return to a classroom, and even then having desks might still be an issue."
He also included his wife's take on the situation here:
"I teach in an inner-city extremely high poverty area in Oklahoma City. My kids are absolutely amazing, and I wish that I had an endless supply of money to give them everything they should have in their lives.
My schedule this year is so difficult for kindergarten. We have our breaks in the morning, and then we are stuck in the classroom from 11:25-3:10 every day. We can't have recess because our school is under construction, and they have demolished the playground. These poor kids do such an amazing job of focusing the best they can, but it's SO HARD when they're only 5 years old!! I would love anything that you are willing to give to my kids (none of this is for me, I swear!!) but more than anything, I would love legos, tinker toys, lincoln logs, floor puzzles, Play-Doh, and anything else that they could do at their seats to give them a little bit of a break in the afternoons. Anything that doesn't require them to sit still, that will allow them to just get some of their talking out and be doing something that isn't school work!!
I also would love actual supplies, I created a wish list on Amazon, I don't expect anything from there, I was dreaming when I created it LOL!!
The other thing I can never get enough of is reward type things. Simple things such as decorative pencils, stickers, dollar tree toys - these kids don't require much in order to be on Cloud 9!!
Thank you so much, anything and everything is SO appreciated :)
(here is a link to her wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2KQ6BRZ2NWCI3/)"
With school just getting back in session, I hate to see a teacher and her students have to deal with such a mess of a situation, so if you feel like you are able to help out with any of the above requests or something else that maybe wasn't thought of, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what you're able to donate.
Best of luck to this teacher and her students and to ALL the teachers and students just getting back to school!