Gift Catalog

2014-2015 Gift Catalog available online now!


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The Mary Lyon Gift Catalog has also been distributed to locations, such as schools, libraries, post offices, and other public places.  We hope you will browse one, and consider a donation to a teacher who has listed a wish.  The 2014-2015 catalog is also posted online.

We have had many wonderful donations, but still have many more we are searching for.

If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop items  off at the Mary Lyon Foundation office, (address below)  or we are happy to come pick-up.

Mary Lyon Foundation  ( located at the  Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School)

75 Mechanic Street

Shelburne Falls,  MA.  01370

413-625-2555  (or call for a pick-up)

When viewing the catalog, anything in red indicates that wish has been fulfilled.

Please note that items marked in RED have been donated already.

To see the items requested in this year’s catalog, please click this link:  14-15 GiftCatalog –


Gift Catalog

An annual wish list for our schools: “from the mundane to the extraordinary”


The Mary Lyon Foundation’s annual gift catalog was published again this past summer as a wish list of items that are requested by staff in our local schools. The items requested reflect the various needs of classrooms and programs that are outside of the regular budget. The requests range from the mundane to the extraordinary and include supplies, equipment and intangible benefits such as a volunteer to assist in a classroom or help chaperone a field trip.

The Gift Catalog was established in 1991 to provide an avenue for individuals and businesses to donate to local education. One of the most beloved donations of all time was a used van that could transport students on field trips and especially for the popular UNYTE program (Understanding Nature and Yourself Through Ecology) led by Will Kiendzior, Colin Garland and Phil Lussier. The van was donated by Deerfield Academy through a car dealership in Greenfield which requested a $500 donation to stabilize the van and make it road worthy for years to come. The $500 donation was garnered through local business donations and the van arrived at Mohawk ready to roll. Students and teachers welcomed it with open arms and it provided safe, reliable transportation for hundreds of students over the course of the ensuing decade.

Today’s Gift Catalog is distributed to individuals and businesses in hopes that their surplus, unwanted items can find a good home in a classroom in one of our schools.

The Gift Catalog is just one of the many ways the Mary Lyon Foundation supports children and schools in the Mohawk district. To continue our work, we need your support on Valley Gives Day — Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  To learn more about Valley Gives and how to make your online gift that day, please see click here.

Thank you in advance!

Gift Catalog

2014-2015 gift catalog

Our 2014-2015 Gift Catalog  is a wish list of items requested by school staff for their classrooms and programs. For more than two decades the Mary Lyon Foundation has provided this opportunity for businesses and individuals to donate items to our local schools.

  1. To see the full catalog, with updates , please click this link: 2014-2015 GiftCatalog 

Already this school year there have been fabulous new and gently used items donated to the Gift Catalog project, including many items not on the list.  A sampling of items contributed to date include a school desk and chair, art paper, spiral notebooks, markers, supplies for science classes, a CD player, batteries, pillow cases for a school nurse,  supplies for the art department, laminator and paper, plus countless boxes of brand new school supplies.

If you have any of the items in the Gift Catalog, wish to purchase, or make a donation for its purchase, please contact us or bring your donation directly to the person who requested it.  Please leave us a message at 625-2555 if you would like to have your donation picked up and delivered to the appropriate school.  We are happy to do the pick-up and delivery.

Major business donors past and present have been Goodnow’s Chip ‘n Putt and Keystone Market aka the Shelburne Falls Supermarket. Their leadership in helping make this program a success is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support of local education.