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Extra Credit: How One Mom Provides "Treasures 4 Teachers"

Barbara's next move was to put the word out to friends, family and community groups for donations. The result: Barbara received so much—paper, pencils, file holders, cardboard tubes from paper towels and other recyclable materials—that she had to turn the family's garage into a mini warehouse and draft her husband, Richard, 52, and the kids to help. Richard, who works days at the Safeway supermarket chain, unloaded pallets of materials. The girls organized donations and set up displays.

Within weeks they were ready to open. Hours of operation at first were Saturdays from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. "We got