I’m excited to participate in 2016 Giving Back Packs Event hosted by Amee of Real Advice Gal. Along with several other blogs, collectively we’ll be donating at least 30 back packs full of school supplies to children in need in our communities. I was sent one backpack, several packs of Wonderful Pistachios, and a $30 gift card from Wonderful Pistachios. I will be donating the backpack I packed to my friend’s daughter’s school, to help a girl in need.
I consider my family lucky that we can afford our school supplies. The fact is, there are many families that cannot afford school supplies. I used to teach in East Harlem (for 5 years) and Jamaica, Queens (1 year) and there were many families that struggled to give their kids supplies. I ended up spending a lot of my own money to make sure I kept my classroom running (the school would give us a little, but not that much). So, when I was asked to participate in this program again (here’s my post from last year), I was happy to help. It also meant that this year, I could teach my youngest child (turning 6 this week) about giving back.
I took my littlest helper down to Staples to shop for school supplies. I explained that we were buying school supplies for a girl that couldn’t afford them. While I’m not exactly sure if he understood, he knew we were helping a girl be ready to start her school year.
He enjoyed helping me pick out supplies. I wanted to make sure we included art supplies so the girl could express herself artistically.
My son really enjoyed helping me to give back. And I was grateful t hat I could show him the value of helping others.
So, how can you stretch your dollars when it comes to school supplies?
- Before you do anything – check your closet. You may have a lot of the supplies you need already bought. I found tons of crayon packs, pencils, and markers in my closet. I had bought extra last year and just forgotten about it (okay, it was really buried in the back of the closet).
- Shop the sales! I’ve found terrific deals at big box stores and office supply stores, as well as grocery stores.
- When you see those sales — stock up. Crayons for 50 cents? Buy at least 10 packs (they’ll get used). Just don’t forget like I did.
- Name Brand vs Generic or a less popular brand? There are some brands that I know to buy and then some that it’s fine to buy a less popular or generic brand. When in doubt, talk to your child’s teacher. They may tell you to go for the lower cost brand or spring for the quality brand. Your child’s teacher will be happy you asked!
Looking for a perfect on-the-go snack for back to school? Wonderful Pistachios tube packs are the perfect on-the-go snack option that is both nutritious and delicious to get you through your day. They’re also great to pack in school lunches. We try to be very healthy in our house and Wonderful Pistachios are a healthy salty snack swap for potato chips. Wonderful Pistachios are as fun to eat as they are good for you! Your kids will love cracking pistachios just as much as eating them. Wonderful Pistachios tube packs are available in Roasted & Salted, Sweet Chili and Salt & Pepper flavors to satisfy sweet, spice and savory cravings. Plus, the pre-portioned tube packs make packing lunches simple (just make sure your child’s school allows nuts). If not, enjoy them at home!
So, I challenge you to fill a backpack with school supplies and donate it to a school, organization, or a family in need.
I was given a back pack, Wonderful Pistachios, and a $3o Gift Card to purchase supplies. I was not compensated for my time.