Did you know that each year teachers spend an average of $356 out-of-pocket on quality school supplies? Many teachers spend up to $1500 out of their own pocket just to provide basic classroom necessities. In my home, we experience this personally. My husband is an elementary school teacher and we do personally spend a lot of money on his students and for items needed in his classroom. That amount seems to increase every year with the cuts to school district funding. The amount of families that need help with the basic neccessities for school supplies has increased in the recent years and we love helping when we can.
I was thrilled to take part in Elmer’s Bag It Forward – Champions for Kids campaign this year. The Bag It Forward campaign is a simple service project that we can all get involved in. All you have to do is gather your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers and ask each person to bring new, quality school supplies in order to assemble basic school supply kits that can be given to students in need. Once you’ve assembled the kits, simply give them to a teacher, school or local children’s shelter for use this school year. Become a #Champion4Kids and donate supplies in the Bag It Forward Campaign!
The school my husband works at is collecting school supplies and handing them out on the first day of school to those who need them. We decided what better way to #bagitforward than to help the kids he works with every day! We are donating the supplies we bought to the kids in need at the school he teaches at. We went shopping over the weekend with these school supplies in mind. We had a budget of $25 to help as many students as we could. Here’s part of our trip:
You can check out the rest of our shopping trip on our Google+ album!
We went over budget just a bit. Our bill for just the school supplies was about $29. I think we did great for the amount we were able to get and I am so happy that we can help eight students have supplies they need to be successful in the classroom! I know you want to get involved too! As you are putting your #bagitforward plans together, follow Champions for Kids on Twitter and Facebook to learn more and read inspirational stories of others participating. Elmer’s is also the big part of this program, let’s show them some love on Twitter (@elmers) and Facebook, too! What are your Bag it Forward plans?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Champions for Kids #CBias #SocialFabric