Don’t even get me started on my obsession with school supplies. The possibilities of a clean notebook, sharp pencils that have never been used, and colorful pens just waiting to be used… No, I’m not a freak…just a former teacher. With that love of school supplies comes the dread of spending money on said supplies. As a teacher, I would spend anywhere from $500-$2,000 on school supplies for my classroom each year. (Even when I worked at private schools with celebrity children.)
Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I still like to take care of my teacher peeps that need support in their classroom. I even send things into my children’s teachers to make sure they have everything they need. It’s so important. With everything that a teacher has to worry about at the beginning of the school year, making sure the kids have enough supplies shouldn’t be on their list, but it is.
When preparing for back to school, teachers don’t just make the classroom pretty (most of those “decorations” also come out of their pocket…), but they prepare by getting to know their students on paper first and making sure they have the educational materials needed for each child’s individually successful year. With that comes the implementation of the teacher’s new ideas to make sure the students can learn the best way possible. That’s where the need for more school supplies comes.
This year, my kids and I decided to gather supplies from everyone we know in order to donate them to a classroom in need. My friend is a 3rd grade teacher in an area of Miami with 98% of the population coming from transient migrant families on the free or reduced lunch program. Many of the students barely eat when they are not in school, so having sufficient school supplies is not on the families’ priority list.
Champions for Kids, a program making it simple to give kids in your community the resources they need to thrive, has joined forces with Elmer’s, Purell, Unilever, and Walmart to collect school supplies for children in need! Anyone can participate in the campaign simply by purchasing and donating a designated backpack full of school supplies at your local Walmart store through August 1. Inside each backpack is a coupon booklet valued at over $50! Simply remove the coupon booklet from the backpack to use yourself and place the backpack full of supplies in the school bus donation bin. (The money you’ll save by using the coupon booklet will pay for the backpack you donated.) For a full list of participating stores, click here.