The Southwest Florida College Education Club, known as the SWFC Awakeners, are hosting a flea market for teachers both in the private and public sectors at the Southwest Florida College, Fort Myers campus on Saturday, June 12 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Teachers can bring their unneeded classroom items or learning materials to sell at the event. There is no cost to participate and teachers keep all the proceeds that they make.
“We want to help teachers make the money and buy the things they need for their classrooms,” said SWFC student and Education Club president, Donna Lauricella. “With the economy the way that it is, we wanted to be sensitive to the expenses that teachers are burdened with year after year of setting up and operating a developmentally appropriate and effective classroom. This sale will give the teachers a chance to sell things they no longer use or need and also purchase things they want, all the while helping each other out.”
Items like wall decorations, classroom materials, manipulatives, idea books, literature, etc., can be bought and sold individually. “We are not making any money on the items that we sell,” Lauricella said.
The Education Club will also be accepting any donations of unopened art and craft supplies, manipulatives, or books for local preschools that are in need. Concessions such as coffee and donuts and other refreshments will be on sale. Money raised through concession sales will also go to support the preschools.
“We hope this event will help to get our name out there and let everyone know that SWFC students are involved and eager to take a place in the educational system here in Lee County.” Lauricella said.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 9 AM to 1 PM indoors on the third floor of the Southwest Florida College, Fort Myers campus located on 1685 Medical Lane in Fort Myers. Tables will be provided to all teachers. Teachers need to RSVP by Wednesday, June 9 in order to secure a space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Donna at (239) 218-8967.