This New York Times article from Feb. 28 highlights a wonderful organization called Materials For The Arts, a program that has provided new and used school supplies to non profits, teachers and artists in the New York city area. At their warehouse in Long Island City, Queens, one can find everything from notebooks and paint to furniture and props donated from the set of movies and TV shows.
Especially for public schools on tight budgets, the ability for teachers to obtain not only basic supplies but also fun arts-and-crafts items allows them to build lesson plans that are hands-on and engaging for students. A great resource!!