SHARE, LOVE, SERVE
While Going Back to School
Call me a little nerdy,
But I love back to school!
A new backpack, pencils, and notebooks, not to mention a new school outfit.
I swear I can remember what I wore on the first day of school from 1st to 6th grade.
I'm not kidding. In the 4th grade, I wore a three piece green linen suit with a
yellow blouse. What I was thinking? I remember having to have it but MOM? What were
YOU thinking? :) )
The question we’re asking today is
what can we do right now in our families to make a
difference in the lives of kids who might need a little
help getting ready for school?
So here are some quick ideas to help you SHARE, LOVE, and SERVE, while
getting ready to head back to school.
BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED—
The .50 cent pencil boxes. These spiral notebooks for .17. The markers for $.77. Buy
more than you need and donate them to a school or charitable organization. I found pink
and purple BACKPACKS at Taipan in Sandy. I'm sure you have seen deals
where you buy 2 get 1 free? For only $5.00, I got three of these darling little backpacks
and they are great for young children kindergarten through maybe 2nd grade. So keep
your eyes open at the stores for special deals. For less than $5 you can fill a pack with
crayons, pencils, notebooks, a pencil box, markers, and even some cute smiley face
stickers. IDEA: FOR A FAMILY SERVICE PROJECT -- A fun idea to get kids involved is to
decorate a shoe box with scrapbook paper and washi tape and fill it with school supplies
to donate. I had a group of girls come over from my neighborhood and we had a blast!
We kept it really simple. We then filled them with supplies. So easy. Inexpensive. And
fun! This is perfect for young kids because then they feel like they are part of the giving.
DONATE DIRECTLY TO A SCHOOL—
Think of the schools in and around where you live.
It’s as easy as walking into the front office and dropping off backpack full of supplies.
Taking the shoe box into your child’s classroom and telling the teacher to share it with a
student who didn’t come with his/her own supplies. How thrilled both will be!
I spoke with severalteachers. One teacher at a Title One elementary school in Kearns,
Utah, has taught for 30 years. She said she
“appreciates when extra school supplies are brought into
the classroom because there is always a need.”
She had a great idea.
To donate multiples of something.
Like 30 glue sticks. Or 30 notebooks.
That way a teacher has more control over what she has and what she needs.
So, if you want to make your donation simple, buy several of one thing!
How wonderful it would be for a teacher to have 30 new boxes of crayons.
And at 25 cents a pop, that's easy to do!
Below is the TITLE ONE SCHOOL LIST that I promised in my segment.
These schools are good places to start if you want to organize a service project.
One teacher in Cedar City remarked,
"You can bet that there will be a few children at every
school who come that first day who don’t have a backpack,
or a school, bag, or pencil box." Your donation will be put to good use!
schools everywhere are a great place to make a difference.
Here's the list of Title 1 Schools in Utah
Here are FOUR charitable organizations you can donate to:
1. St. Anne’s Center in Ogden (801-621-5036)
2. The Road Home in Salt Lake
3. Catholic Community Services (locations, including the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall, 437 W 200 South, Salt Lake City or the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, 2504 F Ave., Ogden).
4. United Way – 2955 Harrison Blvd., Suite 201, Ogden. You can participate in the STUFF THE BUS DAY OF CARING…on September 11th. Fill a book bag with school supplies to be donated to one of 19 schools within Salt Lake, Tooele, Davis and Summit Counties. The goal was for 5,000 bags, but this year, the Tribune reports that it’s distributing 8,500 because of the additional schools with which United Way is partnering.
The need is for: pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, 16-count crayons, glue sticks, erasers, spiral notebooks and pocket folders. Drop-off locations include Discovery Gateway children’s museum, 444 W. 100 South, Sept. 2 to Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 S. Salt Lake City, through Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and United Way of Salt Lake, 257 E. 200 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, through Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hope you enjoy these ideas. Happy back to school!
With love and friendship,