TRE is for Forsyth County, GA teachers ONLY.
Please see requirements below.

We CANNOT take any donations other than the ones listed
below. Please contact us if you have questions.  

Location
763 Peachtree Parkway, Unit 4, Brannon Office Park, Cumming, GA 30041

Volunteer - Donate - Partner
See below for more information on how to get involved.

Our Mission
The mission of the Teacher Reuse Exchange (TRE) is to enable educators in Forsyth County to have access to free materials for classroom use while promoting an ethic of conservation and reuse of valuable reusable resources.

The TRE provides free instructional materials and classroom supplies to educators, donated by other educators, businesses and individuals. 

The TRE offers creative solutions for problems facing education, business and the environment. Recycling valuable reusable material resources into the hands of teachers, who in turn, will use them with our children to discover new and creative ways of thinking and solving problems. 

The TRE is dedicated to and operated exclusively for non-profit purposes.


COVID-19 PROTOCOLS -- If you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, feel sick or have a fever or other symptoms, DO NOT come to volunteer, shop or donate at the TRE.  Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged.  A maximum of 15 people will be permitted in the TRE at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers & Shopping
The TRE is open to Forsyth County, Georgia teachers in public schools, private schools, homeschools (not virtual learning) and preschools. If you have any questions, text or call
Denise Carleton at 770-490-1083 (text for faster response) or email info@reapingnature.org.

ALL teachers must provide official documentation to verify teaching status - a school district photo ID, a letter on school letterhead signed by the principal and/or letter of intent (DOI) to homeschool (not virtual learning) will be accepted for entry.

ALL teachers must sign up for shopping on SignUpGenius. 

* ONLY Forsyth County, GA Teachers (public schools, private schools, homeschools (not virtual learning) and preschools).

* ONLY teachers will be admitted into the store -- NO helpers please.

NO CHILDREN are allowed in the TRE.

* For your shopping pleasure and safety leave your bags, suitcases, wagons, and carts at home!
We will provide you with a shopping bag. 

* Materials taken are for teaching use ONLY - NOT RESALE.

* Teachers agree that any materials taken are to be used responsibly.

Donations
PLEASE DO NOT leave any items at door.
Donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

The goal of the TRE is to provide usable materials to teachers for no cost and reduce the amount of waste disposed in our local landfill. Please take the time and examine what your business or industry discards and you might discover that your trash is a teacher’s treasure! 

The TRE will strive to maintain a variety of new and gently used classroom supplies. Top items needed by teachers for their classrooms and students are:

Containers and baskets (same color) to collect books/items
Cute borders, desk name plates, and classroom decorations
Clip boards and individual white boards
Hand-held and electric pencil sharpeners, and children's safety scissors
Games and puzzles for recess and centers
Leveled books for classroom libraries, workbooks, and lesson plans
Pens and markers for teacher use, post-its and personalized notes 
Age appropriate items for classroom treasure chests
Crayons (24 count), #2 pencils and mechanical, pens (black and blue), colored pencils, markers, highlighters, Sharpie permanent markers
Math manipulatives (ex. base ten and pattern blocks and counting, interlocking and stacking cubes), protractors, and rulers with centimeters
Erasers (large pink and white board), glue sticks and white bottled glue
Ear buds and headphones (new only)
Plastic supply boxes and pencil pouches, 3 ring binders (1.5 inch), tab dividers, and 3 prong plastic folders with pockets
Paper (ruled, copy, construction and graph)
Composition and spiral notebooks
Desktop organization items, tape and tape dispensers and staplers and staple removers
Calculators (basic 4 function, scientific and TI 30x Multiview)

The TRE also accepts a variety of items including traditional and non-traditional office supplies, misprints, outdated company promo items, partial cuts of paper. Items not necessarily viewed as usable become valuable resources when accumulated and put in the hands of creative minds. Items can be used for arts and crafts, math counters, science experiments, or storytelling.

NOT ACCEPTED:  The TRE does NOT accept any household hazardous waste, electronics, furniture, gift bags, backpacks, purses, wicker baskets, artwork, ceramic/glass mugs, dishes and containers, fabric, stuffed animals, toys (boxed games, educational games and puzzles accepted), lunch boxes or related containers, exercise equipment (hula hoops and jump ropes accepted), broken or dirty items, teacher resources older than the year 2000, dictionaries, thesauruses or encyclopedias.  Please thoughtfully donate, recycle or dispose properly of those items. Contact one the following organizations about any of those items that we do not accept at the TRE.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful
https://www.keepforsythcountybeautiful.org/

No Longer Bound
https://nolongerbound.com/industries/nlb-thrift-store/

New Life Technology Group
https://www.newlifetechgroup.com/

If you would like to partner or sponsor the TRE, please email info@reapingnature.org or call
Denise Carleton at 770-490-1083 (text for faster response).

Volunteers
Come make new friends, strengthen your ties to our community, broaden your support network, and show your support for our Forsyth County teachers. Volunteering at the Teacher Reuse Exchange is rewarding and FUN. Volunteering involves accepting donations from donors, restocking and organizing supplies, greeting and assisting teachers shopping, and other related tasks.  

All volunteers must complete and sign a Waiver before volunteering.  Parents or guardians must sign a volunteer form for minors. No volunteers under age 16.   


Steering Committee
Denise Carleton
Executive Director, Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Environment Dept. Chair,
Sawnee Woman's Club & Sustainability Committee Member, Shepherd Center

Lindsey Adams
Forsyth County Schools Board of Education (candidate elect) & Former Teacher

Denise Webb
Forsyth County Schools Teacher & Board Member, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

Marilene Cunningham
​4th VP, Sawnee Woman's Club & Retired Teacher

Sue Javors
Education Dept. Chair, Sawnee Woman's Club & Retired Teacher

Christine Murphy
Sustainer, Sawnee Woman's Club & Former Teacher

Margot Murphy
High School Representative

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