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When I was teaching, I was in a white cinder block jail cell of a classroom. It was stark white and boring. Fortunately, we got a whopping $50 a year to spend at the office supply store to get supplies. That $50 was split between dry erase markers and bright colored colored paper.
I would use those brightly colored papers to add some pop to my walls and to create graphic organizers and word walls (key words that the kids needed to know for each unit). I some bright colors, too! At one point, I had to start printing my tests on these brightly colored papers because we had run out of white paper! Such is the life of public school teachers. (Really, it's sad!) Fortunately, the kids really liked the bright colors.
Right now, you can help a local elementary school by entering the "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes by AstroBrights papers. You'll win a cash prize and school supplies valued at $30,000 for the school of your choosing! I know many elementary schools that could use a boost like this. They are all hurting both for the green and for school supplies. And, let me tell you what a difference it makes having all of the equipment you need in ready and good working order.
You can also "Make Something Astrobright" design challenges with your family. Make a fun design or creations and share pictures or videos of it with them on twitter and on pinterest. If they like it, you have a chance to win their papers and other prizes.
Since I won't be decorating my own classroom this year, I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for bright projects with my daughter and her kindergarten class. I'm a little nervous and a little excited.