As a teacher, Back to School time means the adjustment from being at home for the summer and getting back into the swing of things at work. It’s an extremely busy time for me. Even though I teach in the computer lab now, when I was teaching first grade one of my favorite things to do was organize all of the school supplies. I loved school supply shopping as a child and I still enjoy seeing what’s new and getting it all organized! Unfortunately, not all of the students in our country have the means to go out and shop for school supplies. The school I work at has a large low-income population so I have seen many students arrive at school without the supplies necessary to be successful.
To help combat this growing area of need, there is a wonderful program called Bag It Forward. The Bag It Forward Program was developed by Elmer’s to help collect school supplies for children. It’s simple to get involved in the Bag It Forward movement. All you have to do is buy an extra bag of school supplies when you are out shopping for your own supplies! Then donate it to a local student, school, or organization in need!
I got involved and headed to Walmart to pick up some school supplies to donate to my school. The counselor at my school accepts supply donations throughout the year as it is a continuous problem. She will keep the supplies and distribute them to students as they are needed. It was a shopping trip that was very simple for me but could make all the difference for one of my students!
I personally enjoy browsing the Back to School aisles although seeing the supplies out around July 1st this year was a bit much for me! Still, there is something about a new box of crayons, freshly sharpened pencils (or new, cool mechanical pencils), and a new notebook that always made me smile as a kid. Even now I love finding a new notebook that I like and I also have an addiction to pens. I love to buy pens! One of my favorite hobbies is doing logic problems so I have my share of mechanical pencils as well. Oh, and don’t get me started on colored pencils or those giant boxes of crayons with every color I could ever imagine!
Luckily, Walmart has some amazing prices on school supplies so those who can afford to buy their own supplies can get some amazing deals. I know this can come in handy if you have more than one child. I will admit that I cannot wait until I get to take W school supply shopping one day. One our recent trip to buy supplies for Bag It Forward, he did do a little shopping! He might have had a little help reaching the Elmo backpack but once he had it, he was in love and yes, I did buy it for him. Everyone needs a new backpack in the fall! Plus, it was only $10! See what I mean when I mention affordability?
Since Walmart has such great prices on school supplies I was able to pick up some items to put together a little supply pack to donate at school. Here is what I picked up:
- Spiral notebook (loved the design on the cover)
- Pair of scissors (for an older student as they are not safety scissors!)
- Ruler (an often overlooked by much-needed supply for math class!)
- A yellow highlighter (our students use them extensively in reading passages)
- A package of Bic mechanical pencils (my favorites!)
- A package of Crayola crayons (always needed by someone in an elementary school)
- Elmer’s Binder Pouch
- 2 pack of Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks
- 6 pack of Disappearing Purple & Gel School Glue Sticks
You can get involved in #bagitforward too! It’s very simple. All you have to do is pick up an extra bag of school supplies when you are out and donate them locally! Once you’ve done that, you can upload photos of the items you Bagged Forward on http://www.bagitforward.org and share with the world! If you decide to participate, please come back and let me know what you donated! I would love to hear about what is being shared!
Formula Mom Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #BagItForward #cbias. All opinions are 100% my own based on my experience during this study.