Supplies can be expensive. School budgets are lacking, so it is great when a parent asks if we need anything else. In order to capitalize on this at the beginning of the year, and throughout the year, I used this Giving Tree for classroom donations. It is a great display for Back to School Night, Meet the Teacher and Parent Conferences.
I have done this Giving Tree in a couple of different ways. You can download this FREE template here if it works for you, and I have to admit it is way cuter. BUT sometimes I ran out of time setting up my room and getting ready to meet students. This cute version just didn’t happen.
These, slightly more manic, years I would sketch a little tree on our whiteboard and then use these leaf sticky notes (affiliate link) to write the wish items on.
Either way, you choose to do it, families can choose a leaf to take home with them for an item they wish to donate. Families love to help, and this is an easy way of reminding them that their student’s classroom is in need.
Tips for a Giving Tree that Rocks:
Have it ready for any event where families will be in the classroom.
Make it easy for families to take a leaf.
Include a variety of items with different price points.
Make sure to include non-physical items such as volunteers to read with students, make copies, or cut laminate.
Make space in your newsletter for items from the Giving Tree.
Write simple thank you notes when a family donates an item or time.
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