Mailing Pinwheels

The Healing Classrooms Challenge postmark deadline was April 30, 2016. Thanks for making pinwheels for the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge

Teams in the United States

To reduce mailing costs, we encourage you to compress the pinwheels / ship them flat so more will fit inside the box. 

  1. Register for the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge so your pinwheels will count!
  2. Make your pinwheels. Make sure your pinwheels are completely dry / not sticky.
  3. Write the following information on the outside of the package:
    • The name of your Healing Classrooms Challenge Team (the name you chose when you registered)
    • The number of people on your team
    • The number of pinwheels inside the box
  4. Package the pinwheels securely and mail the box to:

If financial constraints are preventing you from mailing in your pinwheels, please contact us.


Teams Outside of the United States

If the cost of international shipping is too costly, please feel free to send us a digtial submission of your pinwheels.

  1. Register for the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge so your pinwheels will count!
  2. Make your pinwheels.
  3. Take photos of your pinwheels.
  4. Send an email to info@studentsrebuild.org that includes:
    • The name of your Healing Classrooms Challenge Team (the name you chose when you registered)
    • The number of people on your team
    • The number of pinwheels your team made

We’ll match your digital pinwheels with donations to the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program to help Syrian youth from conflict areas recover from crisis and grow into happy, healthy adults. Thanks for taking the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge!


Additional Mailing Tips

Share your pinwheels on our social media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubePinterestTumblr and Google+ and use the hashtag #SRSyria. Note: For international teams, your pinwheels won’t count towards the Challenge if you only share them on social media—please follow steps 1-4, too. Thanks!

Many thanks to Indiana educator Margot Gibson who shared her tips for mailing efficiently and cost-effectively:

"Because our volume is so large, the USPS [United States Postal Service] flat rate boxes are not feasible. Flat rate boxes are a good value for mailing small heavy things, not large light things. USPS is still the best value for shipping longer distances in the USA, but it is most economical to use your own packaging. The USPS has a ceiling on how large the box can be, though, before it assesses an extra fee, making it cost a whole lot more. Details attached.

A summary is, that for cheapest USPS rates boxes must:
1) Have all sides 17 inches long or shorter (and they round up if there are fractions).

2) The length is considered the longest side. If you add the (width + width + height + height + length) it cannot total over 108 inches.

I know this is complicated, but it really offers substantial savings for mailing off a large volume of lightweight items. Walmart makes it easy by offering for less than a dollar each, boxes that are 14"x14"x14" and 15"x15"x16". Both of these work well, and filled to the brim cost less than $30 to send from Indiana."