I knew from the moment I heard about the Elmer’s Bag It Forward Champions For Kids SIMPLE Service Project that I wanted to support our local elementary school by donating new school supplies to students in need. There are many children in our community whose families cannot afford to purchase the necessary supplies, and I wanted to show my own children that we should pitch in and help.
It is important for students to have the basic supplies they need to learn and have a positive school experience.You can read more about why we chose to participate in this service project in this related #BagItForward blog post.
Getting started was easy. I called the elementary school principal to ask what kinds of school supplies we should donate. He told me that there were donation request lists at the school. He sounded so thrilled by the idea of the #Champions4Kids #BagItForward service project that I could not wait to go school shopping with my kids. We got in the car and drove to the school to see the donation request lists.
One of the school supply donation request lists.
Once we had a copy of the supply lists, I explained to my children that we were going to go shopping for school supplies to give to children whose families could not afford to buy them. My school-aged boys are 5- and 8-years-old, so they were able to understand the purpose of the service project and were really excited to help out. I gave them the official job of finding the school supplies on our shopping list and putting them in the cart.
Our first stop was at the Elmer’s school supply list holder.
Elmer’s glue is definitely a must-have item for schools, so we found great low prices and stocked up!
Our cart quickly filled up with lots of school supplies!
We purchased our school supplies at Walmart and went home to get them organized and ready to donate. I put all of the supplies together in a box so that the school could decide how to distribute them.
My Kindergartener helped me take the box into his school and we dropped it off at the front office. We had a great experience participating in the Champions For Kids service project and look forward to doing it again. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, visit the Champions For Kids website.
Check out our entire Walmart shopping trip experience in my Google+ Album!
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