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First, I was on a mini-vacation for a few days, so I didn’t get a lot done. Today I spent most of my time reading emails from teachers I had contacted. Almost overwhelmingly they would prefer a local “store” as opposed to something Internet-based. So I am re-visiting that question. Sure, it adds a ton more overhead, but if it adds a ton-more convenience to the teacher’s, then … well that’s kind of the end-goal, isn’t it?
So I fired off another 22 emails to local and national companies that I either know to have community outreach programs, or had such an email address on their web sites.
It took an amazingly long time because I crafted each email individually based on the company I was targeting – I wanted them to know I felt strongly enough about this to engage with them on a personal level, and not through a generic form letter.
Again, I did not yet ask any of the companies for anything, except to open a dialog to see if they think the idea has merit.
I’ll let you know when and if I get responses.