Ok, I feel a little weird asking, but...
My sister is a teacher at a charter school in Utah, and one of the things they do under their charter to make the educational experience unique is put the students in multi-grade "clusters" where they work on some sort of a project or an activity as a group. This year, she'll be leading a cluster for 7th to 9th graders on recording music - the sort of thing I suspect that any of us would have loved a chance to do, if it was available to us in school.
The problem of course is that she has to do this on a shoestring budget. The school has computer(s) for her to work on (Macs - I don't know what model or OS but I'll find out), and then she's also got a SM57 from my dad that he never uses any more now that he's got a condenser mic. I'll try to help her buy any additional equipment she needs as well (and will probably be flying out there for the first unit of the cluster to help teach it, as well as working with her for the next few weeks on lesson plans and whatnot), and dig through my collection to see what I have I'm not using (if I can swing it I might grab a new set of monitors and give her my behringers, and I think I have a mic I'm not really using for anything...)
So, I figure it doesn't hurt to ask - does anyone have any recording gear lying around unused that you wouldn't mind donating to a school in Utah? Mics, interfaces, cables, stands, whatever. I'm going to have Tess talk to the school just to make sure it's ok if she takes donated gear for this, but also to find out what their tax status is and if this could be considered tax deductible. I'd also be happy to cover any shipping costs you'd incur - I figure it's only fair.
Also, you Apple guys - what are her options for Mac recording software? I don't know if the computers have Garageband on them - for a middle school recording class, would that be an adequate program? If not, what else is out there that's either free or reasonably affordable (and she may be able to get an educational use discount) that would be pretty user-friendly? I'm a PC guy, and normally would just buy her a copy of Reaper, but I don't believe that's Mac-compatible...
GarageBand would be totally fine for doing basic multi-track recording.
It will really suck if her students finish an album before you do.
(Sorry... i had to!)