I know that it seems as if school has just ended, but I am already seeing ads for back-to-school supplies. I received a circular for Dollar General yesterday, and they are advertising back to school supplies at amazing prices; backpacks for $5, Elmer’s Glue-All for 50 cents, 8 packs of #2 pencils for 50 cents, Crayola Colored Pencils for 88 cents per 12 pack, Lance cracker and peanut butter packs, Jif to-go packs for $1 each, P3 snack packs for $1 each, multiplication and division flash cards for $1 a pack, a steno pad for $1, 2 pencil boxes for $1 each, Crayola Markers $1.32 for a 10-pack, Crayola Crayons 24 pack for 50 cents each, 2 pair of children’s shoes for $5 each, and two packs of play money (for my Junior Achievement class) for 80 cents each. As the cashier was ringing up my purchase, she offered to use a $5 coupon for my purchase. I got all of this for $37.29! And the good feeling I got, knowing I was helping kids and education was priceless. (Remember that commercial?) I never realized how many children had to do without so many things until my daughter was in middle school. Her peer helpers group had a drive to collect and distribute school supplies to the children who were unable to afford them. I don’t want any kid to be ashamed of not having the tools they need to learn.
I saw on the Crayola packages that they are currently conducting a Thank A Teacher contest. Go to Crayola.com/ThankATeacher to learn more and nominate a teacher for a chance to win. Prizes include: $1,000 for the student, $1,000 for the teacher, and $1,000 for the school.
Before I close, I just wanted to let you know that there was a boat-load of back-to-school specials in our newspaper today. Big Lots is even advertising 70-sheet spiral notebooks for 17 cents. So, helping school kids won’t require a massive investment of time of money. Just grab a few things when you are at the store. If everyone does what they can, we can make a huge difference in the lives of our kids (and teachers!).
Keep cool and enjoy your summer.
“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca