Grand Rapids Business Journal: Learning from Scratch

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Special education teacher Betsey Hamm created Learning from Scratch for teachers to obtain materials for hands-on learning.

GRAND RAPIDS (G.R. Business Journal) -- Former special education teacher Betsey Hamm knew that the students she worked with, and others like them, needed hands-on projects to be successful in the classroom, but unfortunately, materials were costly and hard to come by.

"I wanted to set up something for teachers in the community where they could obtain things to do hands-on learning," she said.

In 1999, while taking a class herself, Hamm hit upon a solution that would not only supply teachers with costly materials at a steep discount, but would also help businesses reduce their landfill waste.

"I realized it's really important to capture the things that companies are going to dispose of that are still useful for arts and education," Hamm said. "I put those two things together and realized I had something I could do that really captured my attention, and that is how I got started."

You can read the entire article on the website of our partner, the Grand Rapids Business Journal, or by picking up this week's edition of the Journal on your local newsstand.

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