Department of Education

Donate surplus government property to schools

Agencies throw away, recycle, and otherwise surplus supplies that schools would be happy to receive. One example is the hundreds or thousands of three-ring binders that many contracting offices receive each year from contractors competing for contracts. These binders could be donated to schools, reducing the schools' costs for this supply. Another example is contractor-acquired property that must be disposed of at the end of a contract. One year, a contractor asked what to do with the pallet of baby dolls they had left over from performance of a contract that included interviewing small children. If there was a standard mechanism in place to donate this type of property, these dolls could have more easily made it to a preschool or head start program, saving money and improving students' lives.

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    Community Member

    Living in an area where schools are struggling with decreasing enrollments and less than adequate funding, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!

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    Community Member

    I love this idea!!! I used to work for a school and we always ran into the problem of not enough supplies and not enough money to buy them. This would be so, so helpful to struggling schools or daycare centers.

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    Community Member

    There is already a program in place to donate computers and office supplies to local schools and Non-profits. It's simply not used. Either because it's too much paperwork or folks just don't know about it. Uhhh...it's called...uhh

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    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    "There is already a program in place to donate computers and office supplies to local schools and Non-profits. It's simply not used. Either because it's too much paperwork or folks just don't know about it. Uhhh...it's called...uhh"

    Ok, then change the suggestion to "Make use of existing programs to donate surplus office supplies to schools." :) Would love to know more about what exists.

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    Community Member

    Addendum: I would suggest a tiered approach to government surplus. First, conduct an auction by vote, not money, for other government agencies (i.e. schools, offices, police, military, etc.). Secondly, after the aforementioned government agencies have their auction, allow individual citizens to attend an auction for money that would be contributed to...Government use.

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    Community Member

    Smart schools don't promote the use of large, cumbersome 3-ring binders. Second graders are now working online and are more tech savvy than most Fed workers. Do not think for a moment we can dump our old school binders on students, they know better and use computers to find and store information.