Our mission is to enable educators in Forsyth County, Georgia to have access to free materials for classroom use while promoting an ethic of conservation and reuse of valuable reusable resources.
We provide free instructional materials to educators, donated by businesses, individuals and manufacturers as their unwanted by-products, rejects, over stocks and obsolete materials.
The Teacher Reuse Exchange (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 a truly unique collaboration of business, industry, and government.
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 shop or donate at the TRE. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged. A maximum of 15 people will be permitted in the TRE for shopping at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers & Shopping
The TRE is open to Forsyth County, Georgia teachers in public schools, private schools, and homeschools.
* ALL teachers must sign up for before school shopping on SignUpGenius (TBA).
* 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 to home school will be accepted for entry.
* ONLY teachers will be admitted into the store -- NO helpers please.
* NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED IN THE TRE on teacher shopping days!
NOTE: For your shopping pleasure and safety leave your bags, suitcases, wagons, and carts at home! We will provide you with a shopping bag.
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, or furniture. We partner with the following organizations for disposal, donation and recycling/refurbishing of these items. Please contact them for information.
Keep Forsyth County Beautiful
No Longer Bound
New Life Technology Group
Denise Carleton at 770-490-1083 (text for faster response).
If you would like to volunteer at the TRE, sign up at TBA. All volunteers must complete and sign a Waiver before volunteering. All volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Executive Director, Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Environment Dept. Chair, Sawnee Woman's Club & Sustainability Committee Member, Shepherd Center
Forsyth County Schools Board of Education (candidate elect) & Former Teacher
Forsyth County Schools Teacher & Board Member, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful
4th VP, Sawnee Woman's Club & Retired Teacher
Education Dept. Chair, Sawnee Woman's Club & Retired Teacher
Sustainer, Sawnee Woman's Club & Former Teacher
High School Representative