Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials

Examples of Items Donated

How Supplies are Used:

Teachers are extremely creative when it comes to finding ways to use unusual materials in their classrooms. Art teachers and their students turn the donated items at the warehouse into amazing works of art. 

Here are some examples of how teachers transformed materials found at the Ocean Bank Center into teaching tools:

  • Small sponges became hand stamps for kindergartners at Snapper Creek Elementary School. The children printed designs with the sponges and learned to identify their shapes.

  • Party supplies and paper goods were used to create a Halloween Fair booth for underprivileged children, designed and constructed by students at Southridge High School.

  • Architects' blueprint paper was turned into pulp and regenerated as handmade paper by students at Hibiscus Elementary School. The students then used the paper to create stunning artwork.

  • Tin canisters and plastic containers hold children's pencils and teach students how to sort and measure at Palm Springs North and Van E. Blanton Elementary Schools.

Classroom Needs:
If your logo is on a product, we'll accept it anyways! 

  • Arts & Crafts

    Yarn, thread, paint, fabric, brushes of any kind are welcome.

  • Backpacks
  • Binders, Two-Pocket Folders, Clipboards

    Any size and any color!

  • Children's Books
  • Calculators
  • Compasses & Protractors
  • Containers and Storage Boxes

    Any size, shape, or material!

  • Erasers

    Big or small!

  • Glue

    Wood glue, gorilla glue, Mod Podge, tacky glue, lamination glue, any kind!

  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Notebooks

    Composition or spiral. Any size and any shape!

  • Note Pads
  • Office Supplies

    Paper weights, furniture, filing cabinets, any and everything!

  • Pencils, Pens, Markers
  • Paper

    All kinds, from 8.5" x 11" to 35" x 24" or larger! White and colors. Rolls of paper as well.

  • Posters

    Do you have a surplus of posters from an event or collection? We'll take them!

  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Soap

    Hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and more!

  • Sticky Notes
  • Tape

    Invisible tape, packaging tape, masking tape, and more!

  • Tile

    Schools often are looking to beautify their schools! Art teachers doing tile mosaics!

  • Tissues, Toilet Paper, & Paper Towels

    One of the most requested items by far! Any size and any amount is welcomed.


For more information, please email Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials Program Manager

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