"Something out of the box that we did was hold a 'swap til you drop' program. With kids getting larger all of the time and many families having trouble making ends meet, we asked families to go through their closets and donate clothes that were too small. This donation gave those same families entry to the swap. Once all clothes were received (we included schools throughout our district), we organized them by size and opened the door to our swap. Families came in and took what they needed without having to spend any money."

Carol Dubree, Lakeland Village School PTA, Lake Elsinore, Calif.