Posted February 20, 2013

Office supply exchange helps replenish area classrooms

Last month, members of the College of Education's Young Alumni Council were able to pick up free office supplies for their classrooms as part of the CRC’s Office Supply Swap project.
Lauren Coppola, '12, selects office supplies in the CRC.
Malik Nelson, '12, picks up a box of supplies for his classroom.

The supply closets of several area school classrooms have been restocked with help from Temple’s College of Education and the university’s Computer Recycling Center (CRC). 

Last month, about 15 recent graduates of the College of Education were able to pick up free folders, binders, construction paper, pens, pencils and other office supplies for their classrooms as part of the CRC’s Office Supply Swap project

Held in the CRC’s offices in the university TECH Center, the Supply Drive Reception was offered as a way of helping the teachers get much-needed supplies that are not always provided by their school districts. 

“Most schools cover just the cost of basic necessities for their classrooms, so teachers need to dip into their own pockets to supplement the cost for special materials, decorations and other crafts,” said Maggie Esteves, development associate in the Office of Institutional Advancement, who helped organize the reception. “It was really special to watch the teachers not only share supplies, but also share with one another creative and exciting uses for the ordinary materials in the center.”

The Office Supply Swap project is part of Temple’s ongoing effort to reduce waste. The center collects unused office supplies from university offices and allows other administrators, faculty and staff to select from the surplus items during open hours held each Wednesday. 

According to CRC director Jonathan Latko, the goal of the project is to redirect unwanted office supplies from the wastestream. 

“This project is built around the three Rs of sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle. We hope to reduce the need for new office supplies by reusing surplus items before recycling those that can no longer be used,” he said. “Connecting with the College of Education’s Young Alumni Council for this day of service was a great way to see our mission through. These Temple alumni are in the elementary classrooms where these resources can benefit the youth in the community.”

For more information on the Office Supply Swap project, including information on how to donate, visit