I am trying to come up with a creative way to organize and display wish lists for all the teachers in our school. It will be available to parents in to front lobby. We are allowed to have a Christmas theme. I would love to do some kind of tree, but am open to any suggestions. Thanks for your help.
Last year we put up a Christmas tree in the Front Office (ours was white to distinguish it from the Office tree, which was green) and die-cut snowmen, mittens, etc that had spaces for teacher's names and items they wanted; teachers could fill them out and "decorate" the tree with what they wanted.
There was some initial resistance from a few teachers that they would look greedy, but we suggested they ask for classroom items rather than trips to Paris, lol, and a lot of them ended up doing the ornaments. We sent home flyers regarding the "Giving Tree" and labeled the tree with a sign.
After Christmas we established a dollar amount and awarded some of the wishes that hadn't been granted IF they were school related. I wouldn't say it was a huge success, but it wasn't a failure and I think we're doing it again this year.
This isn't creative like for a big display, but more routine. We used to create a one page front/back wishlist that was a big grid. (Looked a bit like a calendar). It had 3 rows (5th-3rd) on front and 3 (2-K) on back.
We had 5 teachers for most grades, a couple 6. So there were 6 columns and for the rows that didn't have a 6th, that spot was used for PE, Music, Library.
Each block had 5 SHORT bulleted items.
We started with older grades on front because they tend to have less volunteerism/contributions.
We had a preface asking parents to look at not only their own class but all, in case they had some surplus item another teacher needed. Then we also had an area that listed generic things all the teachers wanted.
So this wasn't a big display, but it was an easy see-it-at-glance view and the teachers didn't mind listing 5 items when the whole school was doing it. So for a send-home flyer, this worked well.
I think I put copies in the file area a long time ago.
Our school did a similar form and sent it home with the November Newsletter, JHB. We also had our school nurse on the list. I tried to find your form on the file exchange to put the link here but couldn't find it ~ Sorry.
I was in a school last year that had a cute bulletin board idea for this. They just cut out big snowflakes (you know the kind you fold up and cut) and then put each teacher's list in the center of the snowflake.