- I was spending a lot of time looking for exactly the right supplies requested by our teachers
- Other parents were also spending a lot of time looking around for the right supplies
- The money I was about to spend at the big box store I was in was essentially going to leave my community
- There had to be a better way
I ran this idea by a friend of mine, Nick Viele, who is the Executive Director a fabulous local non-profit organization called Schoolhouse Supplies. Their mission is to serve "classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run free store for teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community." They have provided over $6M worth of school supplies to Portland area students, and have been very creative and thoughtful about how to continue to be an important resource for our community. We thought this idea might be a perfect fit.
I then chatted with a couple of very talented individuals at WebTrends (who also happen to be terrific developers) who agreed to volunteer their time to help build the application.
So we put together Schoolhouse Supplies Online (as of this post, it's still in beta, so there are a few known issues). It's a relatively straight-forward application as you will see. The basic idea is as follows:
- Teachers create a supplies list for next year which we enter into the application.
- Parents then shop online for the supplies they need for their child(ren).
- The supplies are delivered (through volunteers of course!) directly to the school.
So check it out and let me know what you think. Any and all feedback is welcome. We clearly have a few things to tighten up (at the moment, our final confirmation email is broken), but please let me know via comments or email (elbpdx at gmail) what you think. We hope to go live at the end of this week! Thanks!
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