When working to add something new, what do you do with the old? Throw it into a landfill? Have a garage sale? Leave it on the curb? Well, not in our opinion. In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, Weld RE-1 School District, with guidance from Diversified Consulting Solutions (DCS), recently partnered with the Institution Recycling Network (IRN) to donate used furniture from six school projects within the Weld RE-1 district. IRN is an organization working to match the needs of charities and nonprofits throughout the world using surplus furnishings and equipment from schools, universities, corporations and other large organizations, with the goal to take these surpluses and give them to those in need.
This past June 2018, inventory from Valley High School and North Valley Middle School was sent to various charities partnered with IRN. We are proud to report, 1,185 pieces (totaling 29 tons) of surplus school furniture from both schools were shipped to relief efforts in the countries of Chad and Swaziland. It is our hope these pieces of furniture will be of great use to people who truly need them.
Furthermore, we are proud to announce that furniture from two other schools, Gilcrest Elementary and Pete Mirich Elementary will be redistributed within our own state to the Cherry Creek School District. We are thankful for Cherry Creek’s help in taking possession of Weld RE-1’s old furniture. At the moment, DCS and IRN are currently planning to remove classroom inventory from the remaining two schools for Weld RE-1: Platteville Elementary and South Valley Middle School. The targeted time for this exercise is spring 2019. Much like Swaziland and Chad, we hope these pieces of furniture will go a long way to helping people in need.
We at DCS would like to thank IRN for their help with this undertaking, along with Cherry Creek School District. We also wish the best for the recipients in Swaziland and Chad.