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© 2017 Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange

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August 18, 2017

"I can't believe this is all for us, and it's all for free!"

Over 500 Chicago teachers "shopped for free" at the Chicago Teachers Union Center on Friday and Saturday, August 11-12 at the first "Swap Circle for Teachers," sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation (CTUF) and produced by CCRx.   The teachers choose from thousands of items valued at well over $50,000 donated by 75 businesses - factories, law firms, event production companies and design agencies -- as well as numerous individuals. 

Donation highlights were 120 marching band uniforms that went from Wheaton North HS to Sullivan HS, Nintendo-shaped soap, red Astro-Turf, easels from Lake Forest College, sewing machines, and projectors.    T-shirts, tote bags, manipulatives, fine china, containers + shelving, books and lots of fabric, notions and paper were among the many treasures to be found, in addition to traditional art and class supplies.   Even a pallet of 400+ surplus CPS desk organiz...

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