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Online Swap Site Provides Books For Schools

Online Swap Site Provides Books For Schools

In most parts of the world, schools are struggling to provide students with up-to-date textbooks that are in good, readable condition. During these difficult economic times, school budgets have been cut, libraries are out of date, and teachers usually have to resort to buying their own classroom books and other resources.

Swap.com, an online community with over a million members, has been helping people trade their books, movies, games, and music for similar items in a safe, affordable format.

The Swap team knew that this wildly-successful experiment in community and sharing could be put to use to help organizations in need, especially those that needed books, but they just didn’t know how to make it happen. Until now.

Swap4Schools is an initiative designed to match swappers’ “Haves” with schools’ “Wants.”

How It Works:

  • Find a school you would like to donate to and browse their Want list, or start adding items to your Have list and see if your item is on a school Want list
  • Once you choose to donate an item, you will be given all of the mailing instructions and have the option to print a shipping label at home (average cost is $3.20)
  • Simply mail or drop off your item to the school you agreed to donate to
  • Swap.com will waive the swap transaction fee for every item you donate

Ready to start swapping your stuff to schools in need?

Sign up with a personal account, invite your school’s principal or teacher to enroll, or, if you are an educator, sign up your school or class and start building your Want list.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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5:28PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Thanks.

1:36AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

great idea

7:32PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Great idea.

12:17AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Awesome idea! :)

8:23AM PDT on May 8, 2011

Brilliant!
Here in NYC if one schools has too many texts or has replaced last years books with newer ones they can NOT send them to a less fortunate school. They MUST put them out as trash. Only then can a NON-DOE person pick them up to take them elsewhere.
With everyone screaming about not having money for books the stupidity of this red tape is mind boggling.

5:43AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:48AM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

A great idea!

7:36AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

this is great.

12:16AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Cool!

12:19PM PST on Mar 2, 2011

Why havent schools started using Ipads or ebook readers, could you imagine the savings on cost of textbooks & how many trees we would save if schools went electronic where textbooks are concerned. Should start with High Schools

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