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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How to Create a "Good" Drawer for your Office Space #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walmart [AD]

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We are 3 days from Spring Break in our building and things are getting tense.  Our spring break is a full 2 weeks overdue compared to previous years, and both students and teachers are getting restless and stressed.  When teachers are stressed, we snack and many times our snacks are not always the best.  So I decided to Give Extra, Get Extra and renovate our "Good" drawer to bring some healthy and sweet options to combat these stressful times.

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It was time to give our shared office space some uplifting love.  We have filing cabinets all around our staff center and each teacher gets 2 drawers with their names on them.  One teacher long ago had the last name of "Good" and his/her name has stayed on our little drawer which has randomly been filled with items to get teachers through the long days (and nights) of teaching. 
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Well, that drawer has been bland and boring and in some cases it has turned into a dumping ground. Morale in teaching is getting lower by the year.  The impending and ever changing legislation as well as just general distrust in teachers keeps lowering it year by year and it is unfortunate that educators that truly have a passion for doing what is right for kids are the ones being beaten down with data driven instruction where students become numbers and not people.  As a teacher, we see the people as people; those precious, amazing kids and all we want is to see them be successful.  So to keep morale up and continue to fuel the teachers in our building to do amazing things, I thought the best thing I could do would be to give the "Good" drawer some attention.

I headed to Walmart to grab some goodies.  I wanted to make sure I had snacks that were healthier options as well as some sweet options.  It can be a bad habit for teachers to snack on unhealthy food options constantly, so by adding in some other healthier options in the good drawer, teachers could have a choice.  Already my colleagues are very appreciative for these options.

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While at Walmart, I grabbed a couple of the new Extra® 35-stick packs, some chocolates, nut mixes, dried cranberries, granola bars, jerky, water infusers and sugar free candies.  I also grabbed a couple little containers to help separate the items in the drawer. 

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There were a few items in the drawer that I left like coffee, and some cold fighting items that teachers always need.  I got to work and put my little containers in the drawer.  These were actually great and I found them on clearance.  I was elated that they all fit so well in the drawer.  The square boxes are about 4 x 4 and the clear plastic box is a shoe size container.  Next, I filled each of the containers with special items.  I wanted to give teachers a good variety of options.

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I found this new Extra® 35-stick gum in Spearmint and Polar Ice® at the register while checking out. I loved the durable recycled packaging that was easily resealable and I also appreciated that there was more gum to share with my colleagues.  These were a must for my "Good" drawer. 

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Next I grabbed some packages of mixed nuts, sugar free hard candies and granola bars.  I picked the mixed nuts because they are something my nutritionist has me snack on for my diabetes.  I also went with sugar free candies for myself as well as another teacher who is diabetic.  The granola bars were a great addition because many times teachers are so busy that lunch is not an option and we need a quick snack.  I thought including those would be a wonderful way for a teacher to get some good nutrition in while on the run. 

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I also put in some mixed chocolates, dried cranberries and beef jerky.  The chocolate, is any stressed teachers go to item.  You can almost always find chocolate in a school building pretty easily.  Secretaries and Administration tend to keep it on hand to help calm people.  There is something about chocolate that is just wonderful and calming.  The dried cranberries are another sweet but healthier option that I felt would be good for those that are trying to avoid the sugars.  To give a boost of protein, I threw in some mini beef jerky's! Truth be told, I am totally chowing these down all the time!

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Our "Good" drawer has been a huge hit and truly a light in our staff center.  I have already refilled the drawer a couple times and many teachers have been so thankful for the boost in moral they are feeling.  The Give Extra, Get Extra campaign was my inspiration for this good deed and I am very happy to pay it forward to my colleagues.  The new Extra® 35-stick packs are a great way to pay it forward and share a stick with a friend. 

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