Teachers are always working to instill critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills in students. Bringing the four C’s into the classroom often calls for materials not built into budgets.
The non-profit school supply warehouse RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) Colorado is a unique place for Denver area educators to find boatloads of affordable items for giving students hands-on experiences with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) lessons.
“When we learned about RAFT we knew it was a wonderful fit for the items we were looking to donate,” said Wayne Qualkinbush, CEO of the eCommerce business Organize My Drawer.
In the process of starting up in 2015, the custom drawer organizer maker amassed about 1,500 cardboard shipping boxes they ultimately could not use, and about 100 prototypes of their patent-pending clear acrylic containers were taking up storage space.
“We wanted them to go where they could be put to great use, and were pleased to find this amazing program for teachers and students,” Qualkinbush said.
RAFT Colorado runs a large warehouse in Denver filled with items donated by local organizations like The Denver Broncos, Denver Art Museum, Whole Foods and many more. Members can purchase items for educational projects at about 90% off donation value.
“We’re seeing many schools doing cardboard challenges where students create fantastic structures,” said RAFT Director of Education, Chris DeKay. “And I can imagine young students using these organizers to practice sorting and counting skills. Older kids could use them for measurements in math lessons. It’ll be fun to see how they get used,” said DeKay.
Annual membership for educators is $25. About 3,600 members shop at RAFT year-round. Companies wanting to donate can visit raftcolorado.org.
About Organize My Drawer
Organize My Drawer is a patent-pending eCommerce business based in Centennial, Colorado that makes high-quality drawer organizers designed by you for all your unique stuff. Whether you need to stay organized in the kitchen, tame an unruly desk, boost productivity in your business or standardize organization in your medical practice, OMD’s customer-designed organizers are a perfect fit for any drawer – precision-crafted to your exact specifications with an easy-to-use online design tool, and delivered within days as part of a remarkable experience.
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