Free is the favorite F word in education. For real!
The Government Services Administration sent an email out about a month ago stating one of their distribution centers would be closing at the end of the year. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the GSA, they are / were the staples / office max / amazon for the government. From toilet paper to pens, if you needed, you contacted the GSA, and they shipped the supplies out from either the NJ location or the CA location. The NJ distribution center housed approximately 88 million dollars worth of merchandise for our federal government offices and military branches, ranging from dog food for canine MPs to toothpicks.
The GSA notified all federal branches of the liquidation, and they had first dibs on the surplus. Afterwards, under the Constitution, public schools are entitled to any excess. You would think there would be nothing left, but the amount left was staggering.
For my District, I acquired seven pallets of items, with a retail value around $11,000.00 Everything from toner cartridges for library printers to pillows & sheets for the Nurse’s office. Chairs, office supplies, new flags, janitorial supplies… you name it, we acquired it. It was like the Mall at 4AM on Black Friday, only with men running around in silence tagging items.
We are truly appreciative to be given this opportunity. I would hope all leaders keeps their ears to the ground then such great opportunities happen. Spread the word too – telling others about opportunities such as this will give you brownie points for life.