T4T Newsletter – Summer 2016

  Executive Director Update Wow, what a summer! This month I was asked to join the L.A. Regional STEM Hub Advisory Committee at the L.A. Chamber of Commerce. I am honored and look very much forward to this engagement. Operations As we mentioned in the last newsletter, we are opening our second location in Fresno. We took over a 6000+ sq. ft. warehouse and we filled it. We will have a grand opening there in a month or two but the members are already in there picking up supplies for the 2016-17 school year. We have loaded six transport trucks with over 75,000 pounds of material for Fresno. You can’t even imagine what that took to prepare, not to mention the hoarding that was necessary to get ready to fill that space. For those of you who, like me, worry about carbon foot prints, these trucks belong to OK Produce and they bring produce to L.A. and go back empty. We have been able to move this material without adding to the environmental concerns or our budget worries. Thank you to OK Produce and Randy Mehrten from the Fresno County Office of Education who helped make this happen. We are in the final stages of negotiations for a merger. I can’t tell you more than that right now but it is exciting for us. Our 4th Annual Summer Science Institute was a success according to the teacher mentors we worked with and Darlene Torres at LAUSD who manages the program for the School Improvement Grant division. Beyond the Bell sent middle schoolers here every morning for three weeks and...

T4T Newsletter – Spring 2016

  Executive Director Update   We started 2016 with a very optimistic sense of the year ahead. The first envelope we opened in 2016 included a check for $10,000 from Mara W. Breech foundation. I see it as an indication that we are appreciated. We also received an unsolicited check for $1500 from Bad Robot after a birthday party at the warehouse. I guess the birthday parties are as much fun as we had hoped they would be.  Daniel Domono who works with Potential Industries, a local recycler, came on a tour and followed it up with a $650 personal donation to our PayPal account. We have also received funds from Rotary Club of Del Amo members (including our Board Treasurer, their President, John Pollaro). We now offer Institutional Memberships for organizations that want to list more than ten people for warehouse privileges. We are trying to make this as easy as possible for our members. We are always open to your feedback.  You can sign up for a new membership (individual or institutional) by clicking here. Our good friend and supporter at UPS, Southern California President Noel Massie has been named the new Senior Vice President of Operations for UPS nationally. It is impressive but not surprising. Congratulations Noel! Volunteer Activities We have a new employee, Wendy Dowell, who for the next six months works with us compliments of Jewish Vocational Services. Wendy has already made a contribution in organizational issues in the warehouse. She is also overseeing the interns we have from Verbum Dei High School. The interns are two ninth grade students on Mondays and two...

Fall 2015 T4T Newsletter

Executive Director Update All of us at T4T.org want to thank you for your ongoing support as members and material suppliers. If you are contemplating your year-end donations please think about adding us to your list.  From our T4T family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season! As you may have read, we have a new Board President as of November 17th – Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus.  We are very excited about his vision and energy. Who doesn’t dream about running away with the circus?!  We are touring with Brent’s STEAM Carnival in April and May so tell your friends in Seattle, Chicago, Charlotte and Dallas. In early November we hosted our 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Day, where we spent the day thanking all of you who work hard to educate our kids. We honored Environmental Charter Schools, the Easter Seals of Gardena, Noe Zelaya from Murad, Mark Tremper of Pasadena Unified, Jennifer Montgomery from El Camino College, Matthew Lesniak from Sun Valley Magnet, and Bertina Yee from Playa Vista Elementary. I hope you will all join us for the 3rd event sometime in the fall of 2016. Early in 2016 we will be opening the doors on the Fresno Chapter of T4T.org, thanks to a fabulous group of educators headed up by Dr. Steve Price, Randy Mehrten, and their ambitious cohort from the Fresno Board of Education. We are currently negotiating a lease and hope to have dates for you very soon. If you know manufacturers up in Fresno please send them this note. We are looking for their engagement. Here at our Gardena flagship we...

Summer 2015 T4T Newsletter

A Note from the Board of Directors This year for our daughter’s birthday we invited 40 kids and adults to the T4T warehouse.  The kids made costumes, decorated microphones, and transformed into 8 and 9 year old pop stars, thanks to the brilliance of our exceptional Viki Stathopoulos.  The kids were already familiar with the magic of T4T as our materials have been integrated into the school for some time, but the parents were awestruck. I sometimes forget the impact our warehouse can have on people the first time they visit. I encourage you to bring friends to the warehouse for Spontaneous Creations. And to help bring the magic to others, I am donating Spontaneous Creations experiences for 10 adults who have never been to the warehouse – email mindy@t4t.org to recommend someone to receive. Danielle Egerer T4T Board of Directors A Few Words from the Director We have not been wasting any time or materials at T4T this past summer. We have taken in 13,135 lbs. of material that we, the Robin Hoods of Rubbish, saved from the landfill. 11,455 lbs. went out the door and into the hands of students, teachers and artists all over the county.  One of the more exciting donations we received was the recently retired Goodyear Blimp, Spirit of America!  They generously donated a large portion of the blimp envelope, and we look forward to getting this material into the hands of teachers all over the L.A. area. We attended the Zero Waste Conference in downtown L.A. in May that was sponsored by Mayor Garcetti’s office. The Mayor opened the two-day event with a challenge...

Winter 2014 T4T Newsletter

From the Board President Among the many unsung heroes at T4T are our manufacturers. These are the generous companies that donate the extraordinary materials that we use for hands on learning. Many of you may not know that when T4T started in 2004, Steve Stanton would go dumpster diving near his factory to find materials that T4T could use. Eventually, these manufacturers became regulars and Kathy Stanton would go out and fill up her SUV and take them back to the warehouse. That process continues using the T4T truck for our pickups. Last year we collected 83,000 pounds of materials donated by our manufacturers. Many of our manufacturers are regulars, but we also get some surprising one-time donations like the 40,000 cobalt blue bottles shipped to us from a northern California company because of some re-branding within the company. Then there was a bead store going out of business that donated 21,000 pounds of their remaining inventory to us. Our UPS volunteers spent hours packaging the boxes of colorful beads into bags and measuring these lightweight items into our new unit sizes. We would like to make the manufacturers more of our community and the Board is creating a new committee called the Materials and Manufacturers committee, to develop stronger relationships with the manufacturers and to find new donors. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the committee, please send us an email.  We are also looking for other people interested in serving on some of our other Board committees – marketing, fundraising, and education. If you are interested, we want to know who you are. Last year...

Fall 2014 T4T Newsletter

Upcoming Events Winter and spring are shaping up to be busy seasons for us at T4T! December 2nd – Giving Tuesday! Don’t forget to make your tax-deductible donation to December 13th – Our own Viki Stathopoulos will be offering another ‘Let Materials Lead the Way’ workshop, which helps parents and educators get comfortable with facilitating learning with open-ended materials. December 18th – We’ll be hosting a Holiday Soiree for the L.A. School Trustee Association. The festivities will take place from 6-10pm at The Standard in Downtown L.A. Stay tuned for the event invitation. January 18th – We’re co-hosting a big fundraising event in Torrance. ‘A Night of Music’ will be a fun, family friendly musical revue to take place at the Armstrong Theatre at 6pm. There will be a silent auction and tickets can be purchased through T4T – only $25! March 28th and May 16th – Jennifer Montgomery is back to offer 2 exciting professional development workshops this spring for early childhood educators. Register by calling T4T. Are you interested in having a workshop, party, or corporate event at T4T? Email mindy@t4t.org for more information. From the Board President After a very successful fiscal year ending this June, we looked at our numbers and thought we would share with our supporters this encouraging information about our growth.   It is no surprise that the bulk of T4T’s revenue comes from our programs and materials memberships. However, it is interesting to see that this has increased to an even greater percentage of our overall revenue over the last 18 months. For the year ending in December of 2013, 89...

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