Teacher Reuse Exchange Inc.

Let's Fill Classrooms - Not the Landfill!

aka Teacher Reuse Exchange   |   Cumming, GA   |

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Teacher Reuse Exchange Inc.

EIN: 27-1136219


Our mission is to provide an outlet for the donation, repurpose, and reuse of new and gently used teacher, school, community and business discards. We aim to create a sustainable solution that diverts these abundant resources from landfills and ensures they find new life in educational settings. By facilitating the redistribution of these materials, we strive to support educators, children, and nonprofits in their pursuit of knowledge, learning, and environmental responsibility.

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Principal Officer

Denise Carleton

Main address

1470 Harburn Court

Cumming, GA 30041 USA

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Formerly known as

Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation Inc.



Subject area info

Reading promotion


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Environmental education

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NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Shelling out hundreds of dollars of their own money each year so their students can succeed is a long-standing ritual for teachers. In a 2021 survey by, 95% of teachers reported that their classroom-supply budget isn't enough to meet their students' needs, and they spend an average of $750 of their own money on school supplies each year. 30% of teachers spent $1,000 or more on school supplies. The environmental impact of buying new school supplies is detrimental as plastic pollution around the world continues to worsen. School supplies are typically made up of thick, dense, plastics which when thrown out, pollute landfills and do not decompose for hundreds of years. According to, two garbage trucks filled with plastic are dumped into landfills every minute. Throwing out lightly used pens or perfectly intact folders does nothing but add to the destruction of our ecosystem.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teacher Reuse Exchange

Our organization is dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and supporting educators and nonprofits in resource conservation. Through collaborative efforts, advocacy, and the collection of new and gently used donations from teachers, schools, businesses, and the community, we strive to make a significant impact in classrooms, the communities we serve, and the overall environment. By fostering environmental consciousness and helping educators and nonprofits save financial resources, we aim to create a brighter future for learners and cultivate a unified educational landscape.

Since opening in 2020, during the height of the Covid pandemic, we have been serving Forsyth County public, private, pre-k, and homeschool educators, as well as nonprofits serving children. In 2023, we expanded our reach to include educators in neighboring counties. Furthermore, we have formed collaborations and served many nonprofit organizations.

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2nd Place Waste Reduction, Non-profit 2010

Keep Georgia Beautiful

Distinguished Service Citation National Award Recipient 2012

Keep America Beautiful

2nd Place Waste Reduction, Non-profit 2012

Keep Georgia Beautiful

Crystal Johnson Award (Denise Carleton, Recipient) 2019

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

Educator of the Year (Denise Carleton, Recipient) 2009

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

Volunteer of the Year (Denise Carleton, Recipient) 2007

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

Goals & Strategy

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The mission of the Teacher Reuse Exchange (TRE) is to enable teachers to have access to new and gently used materials for classroom and educational use. The TRE provides an innovative approach to the recovery and reuse of teacher, school, business and community discards and donations. We want to keep items out of the landfill and put them in the hands of teachers and children. Let's FILL classrooms - NOT the landfill! The TRE is dedicated to and operated exclusively for non-profit purposes, and promotes an ethic of conservation and reuse of valuable reusable resources.

To collect new and used classroom, school, business and community school and other resources and materials suitable for reuse by teachers, schools and children. We are committed to diverting materials from the landfill. Donations that are not reusable by the TRE will be donated to another worthy organization. Books, paper and other printed materials that are dated or deemed scrap will be recycled. Since opening in 2019 we have recycled over 4 tons of paper, scrap books and cardboard with this Georgia recycler.

We receive unbelievable amounts of donations from teachers, schools, businesses, nonprofits and the community. Volunteers sort, organize and shelve these donations and make them available for reuse by teachers, children, schools and nonprofits.

We have collected tons of discards and new materials since opening. Over 800 teachers have shopped.


Teacher Reuse Exchange Inc.

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Teacher Reuse Exchange Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $13,434
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $13,520
Program Services $8,371
Administration $568
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $13,118

Teacher Reuse Exchange Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $0
Total Liabilities $0
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Net Assets $0


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Principal Officer

Denise Carleton

Denise has been involved in community service since moving to Forsyth County in 2005. Her journey of service started as PTA Environmental Education Committee Chair at Daves Creek Elementary, which resulted in the school being recognized on the local and state level for its recycling efforts. She didn’t stop there and went on to form student environmental clubs at Daves Creek Elementary and Cornerstone Schools. Denise also served as the Environment Dept. Chair of the Sawnee Woman’s Club for over a decade. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful has recognized her as their Educator of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, and she was the first recipient of the Crystal Johnson Award. Denise's passion for recycling, reuse and education led her to realize my dream of opening the Teacher Reuse Exchange (TRE) in 2020 (yep at the height of the pandemic). Sparking kids’ excitement about reading is another passion. In 2020 she joined Literacy Network of North Georgia, and serves as Vice Chair.

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Teacher Reuse Exchange Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/07/2023
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Board chair

Denise Carleton

Teacher Reuse Exchange

Christine Murphy

Marilene Cunningham

Sue Javors

Denise Webb

Susan Sokolowsky

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/21/2023

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