On Friday,I went into the teacher's lounge to refill my coffee (not free - we contribute to a coffee fund) and enjoyed two home baked, delicious, chocolate chip cookies for free.
Our school book fair was last week and I received eight books, donated by parents, for my classroom library.
Every day I receive help, advice, suggestions and encouragement from teacher friends and staff, and it's all without cost. Almost every week, since I started the blog, I find a small gift or a note on my desk.
The kids in my classroom give me wonderful free things all the time. I get lots of beautifully colored pictures, notes, and small gifts they make.
By far, the best free things are the smiles and the hugs I get from the kids every day. Many times throughout the day, a student will come up and hug me, or pull my hand into theirs. They look up and smile brightly as I help them or ask them questions, or just talk about their day.
Now, we all know that time and hugs and smiles don't cost a penny. But, even if they were for sale, you couldn't put a price on them.