Noe Valley Voice December-January 2010

Schools Give Us Their Wish Lists


Last month, the Voice asked neighborhood public schools to send us their wish lists for the holidays, just in case Santa had a hard time finding their chimneys. Like Dancer and Prancer, teachers at Mission Education Center and Fairmount School were quick to bound in. Then, in a twinkling came Alvarado and James Lick.

When we surveyed their lists, we were amazed at the variety of wishes—from colored pencils and packing tape to a life-sized skeleton. Many of the small items would make excellent stocking stuffers, we thought. Others we might even find cluttering our basements.

Please take a look and see if anything you have but don’t want can go to a school that doesn’t have but wants. Of course, buying a few of the needed supplies would also be a perfect way to give!


Mission Education Center (K-5)
1670 Noe Street


Supplies: new toothbrushes and toothpaste, electric pencil sharpeners, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, boxes of tissue, Ziploc storage bags, napkins

Gardening equipment: garden gloves (adult and kid sizes), hand trowels, two rectangular rakes, seeds and starts, wheelbarrow, pots for small plants

Art supplies: color dry-erase markers, colored pencils, oil pastel paints, exterior primer and house paint (for painting murals), ceramic tiles, drop cloths and buckets, gently used art supplies, T-shirts, socks, and sweatshirts, fabric glue, yarn, material, and sequins

Music supplies: 10 music stands, music folders for 60 students

Library needs: two rolls 2-inch packing tape, three boxes Ziploc freezer bags (large), a self-inking stamp for library books, 70 yards of adhesive sandpaper

Big-ticket requests: a ceramic kiln; transportation to Marin Headlands for 100 children for an April 15 field trip, paid for by the Headlands Institute


Fairmount Elementary School
65 Chenery Street


Supplies: Epson printer ink, black #T0481 and color #T048220, Expoš black low-odor dry-erase markers, cardstock (white and different colors), manual heavy-duty three-hole punch, two-hole punch, electric pencil sharpeners, spiral notebooks, disinfectant wipes, boxes of tissue, Band Aids, broom, dustpan

Odds and ends: chapter books in Spanish like the Magic Tree House series (La Casa del Arbor), award ribbons, three-hole-punch folders

Big-ticket request: 100 pedometers 


Alvarado Elementary School
625 Douglass Street


Supplies: Expoš black low-odor dry-erase pens, #2 Ticonderoga pencils, white copier paper (8.5 x 11)

Odds and ends: vacuums, area rugs 8 x 10

Recess equipment: basketballs, kickballs, tetherballs and volleyballs, jump ropes, hula hoops and chalk, including spray chalk or inverted marking chalk.

Volunteers: for tutoring, for composting at lunch, for playing with children at recess, and to install wall mounts for televisions.

Big-ticket requests: Microscopes, full-size human skeleton


James Lick Middle School
1220 Noe Street


Supplies: Colored paper, erasable white boards (8 x 10), Expoš black low-odor dry-erase pens

Odds and ends: Purple school chairs

Big-ticket requests: Mac Mobile Lab laptop station; new or nearly new computers (Mac or PCs)