A web site in the San Francisco Bay area has created an online "wish list" that can help teachers get the supplies they need for their students. The program, administered through Craigslist.org —a site known for its apartment rental listings and personal ads—is run in conjunction with a local business, Cole Hardware.

Rick Karp, president of Cole Hardware, and Craig Newmark of Craigslist, created the site when a friend of Newmark's mentioned that teachers routinely spend from $500 to $1,500 each year out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. Karp and Newmark felt this...

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