Mayor Menino and Launch Swap4Schools at The Harbor School in Dorchester
Web-based Program Facilitates Donations of Books & Media to Boston Public Schools
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For Immediate Release
March 31, 2011
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined CEO Jeff Bennett to celebrate the official launch of the company’s new Swap4Schools initiative, a web-based program designed to facilitate donations of books and media to public schools across the United States. designed the program to help public educators that have been faced with budget cuts by providing an innovative way for them to obtain items for students at no cost. The program was launched at the Harbor School in Dorchester on March 31, 2011. 

“Swap4Schools is a great example of using new technologies and creative methods to engage citizens and share resources,” Mayor Menino said.  “It provides a venue for people to give back and offers educators a new tool to gain materials that students need.  I am thrilled that Boston Public Schools will have this opportunity.”

By leveraging’s fast-growing online marketplace - which has over 13 million items in its inventory - the company matches educators’ wants with items that its community members have. Since the initiative launched in late February, Boston Public Schools including The Harbor School in Dorchester have already received 200 donations.

“By uniting our online community of over 1 million swappers with teachers in need of books, CDs, and movies, we believe that Swap4Schools will truly help to improve public education in America,” said CEO Jeff Bennett. “As a Boston-based company, we felt it was especially important to give back to the community here, and we could not be more proud to be launching Swap4Schools in the Boston Public School System alongside Mayor Menino,” said CEO Jeff Bennett.

As a state-designated Turnaround School, the Harbor School received a state grant to fund extra teacher time, new technology, and the improvement of resources. The grant has aided in expansion of the school’s library collection, and Swap4Schools will help continue to fill library shelves.

To enlist in the program, school administrators, teachers, and librarians at Boston Public Schools, grades K-12, can create a free account and build a list of books and other media items needed for their classroom. Then, any of’s members who own those items - or other community members who join in the cause – will be alerted via e-mail if a school is in need of one of their listed items. will waive transaction fees for members who choose to make a donation, so there is only the minimal cost of shipping for those who would like to help out.

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