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Re: elementary school water experiment

Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2003 12:30:54 -0400
From: Bill Wichers <billw at waveform_net>
Subject: Re: Need some expert help with water experiment at elementary school

frontloaders to do it. Since you are working with a school you may be able
to find someone or some company that would be willing to donate some time
to help you set up your equipment. Also, some ferns around the perimeter

As Bill said, when you are working for a school (or any kind of non-profit, for that matter), you have a much better chance of getting free/donated stuff. I have done a considerable amount of work for non-profits and have found that when the cause is right, it is only a matter of patience on your part to get what you need for free. Start out with a list of *everything* you need, no matter how insignificant like twist ties or plastic milk jugs. Organize the list according to which store or business would have which materials you need, so you can provide them with specific requests.

Then go out and make your case with every business owner, contractor, and retailer in your area. You have a lot of options in terms of how to ask, including cold calling, writing letters, and showing up in person. IME showing up in person is always the best as people have trouble saying 'no' to a face. Find out about whether donations are tax-deductible; that's a great incentive for many people.

You might be able to have a much more expansive project than you expected if you can tap the right resources.