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How to Make Elementary Teacher's Love You and Clean the House at the Same Time (What to do with Old Plastic Toys)

If you have children (or have recently discovered you are not a child anymore, and really need to clean out your closet) it's likely you have accumulated a crap ton of little plastic toys. Since you (or your child) have grown out of these, and haven't played with them in years, there's no reason to keep them around. However, just throwing those toys out isn't a very green option.

About two months ago I was faced with this dilemma. Too much plastic crap I've grown out of (a long time ago and really should have gotten rid of years earlier), yet a desire to still be Earth friendly and not see them just dumped into a landfill. Luckily, I volunteer in a 5th grade class, and the solution didn't take long to figure out: I would donate them to the class prize bucket!

Being a teacher requires more money payed out of the teacher's own pocket than people think. One of the reasons for this is the prize bucket. A great tool to help teachers maintain order in the classroom, but there's still a cost, usually paid at the local dollar store. Donating all those old toys is a great way to help a teacher out, and get those toys in hands of someone who will get more use out of 'em (at least for a few hours).

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