You Never Know Unless You Try

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

About a month ago I went to the Vision2020 conference in Oklahoma City. One of the sessions I attended was about math games. The presenter shared that to get playing cards you could go to a casino and ask for their used cards and you can normally get quite a few. Well, I did that, but the casino I went to didn’t know what they were doing with their playing cards, so I couldn’t get any.

So I went to the store and was going to buy some. I do have about 4 decks right now, but I need about 12 to 20 decks so that all students can be involved playing games. Standing in the store I looked at the prices and I just couldn’t get myself to purchase that many decks at that price.

Then I thought, can I message the company?

I hurried home and found The United States Playing Card Company website and sent them a message about how I teach math in a middle school and that I like to incorporate games in my classroom. I asked if they would be able to send me some playing cards that I could use.

Well, the response wasn’t a yes. They weren’t sure what they could do, but they would look into it. They asked for my address in case they were able to do something.

This past Thursday I had a missed parcel note in my mailbox. I was really confused because I hadn’t ordered anything. Since I work out of town, there was no way that I could get to the post office to pick up the package until Saturday.

photo (1)So this morning I head into the post office and hand them my note. They go to the back room and return with a box. She hands me the box and it’s a little heavy. Again, what could this possibly be? I look down at the box and see the return address is from The United States Playing Card Company! I knew what it was!

Thank you The United States Playing Card Company for the 12 decks of cards that you sent me! My 160 students are going to get some great learning game time in with these. You truly helped me save some money this school year. (Yes, saving about $20 does make a huge difference.)

I’m not one who uses the teacher card very often when asking for things. I know there are thousands of teachers around the country and that companies can’t give to all of us. Thank you The United States Playing Card Company for taking your time to help my students learn!

  1. fibo says:

    This is fantastic! Ron Clark take about this at last year’s Vision 2020. He managed to raise funds to take his kids to DC just by along businesses in his community. Thanks for the reminder that folks want to support education and somtimes just need some one to say “here’s a way.”

  2. If you need more, let me know. My aunt plays cards every week with her friends and they insist on using a new deck every time, so she gives me all of the used decks. I’d be happy to share.

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