It’s back to school for kids across the country. While this may be an exciting time for most, it’s also stressful for many kids. Why? Because there are countless families who can’t afford the basics when it comes to the dreaded back to school supplies list. Many children aren’t equipped with the basics: backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, and binders. According to Adopt a Classroom.org, K-12 teachers spend $600 a year, of their own money, to buy classroom supplies that their students need.
As a child, my mom always made time to make special trips with us kids to pick out school supplies to donate. These days, we drop them off at The Volunteer Way, a non-profit organization in my hometown that is dedicated to helping financially challenged individuals and their families meet basic needs. The Volunteer Way helps provide food, personal items, resources, hope, and opportunity for those who need it.
Below, I compiled a list of 5 Easy Ways to Donate to Schools, children and teachers. By committing yourself to just one know that you’ll be helping students reach their full potential.
5 Easy Ways to Donate to Schools, Kids, & Teachers
- Office Depot.com– Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide the school ID of your choice at checkout and your designated school will receive 5% back in credits for free school supplies. Don’t skip this option, it takes less than 1 minute. Office Depot/Office Max will do the rest!
- School Supply Donations-Buy any amount of school supplies, including but not limited to, backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, binders, calculators, and lunch boxes. Deliver supplies to a local non-profit organization that is accepting and properly distributing them to those in need.
- School Lunch Debt- Visit or call local schools and ask to pay off any lunch debt. Even the smallest donation can help a child in need.
- Adopt a Classroom.org– The mission of Adopt A Classroom.org is to bring assistance to teachers by connecting them with funding to purchase the classroom supplies and materials they need immediately. Visit AdoptAClassroom.org to make a tax-deductible contribution to their annual fund or one of their featured campaigns.
- DonorsChoose.org– Visit the website and find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. DonorsChoose.org is a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible. All the requested items are shipped directly to the school once the project is fully funded. Every donor gets a thank-you letter, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.
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For any giving heart, willing to donate to schools, kids, and teachers please lend a helping hand. Any amount will help equip children to learn and succeed.
Do you donate to schools, kids, or teachers? How do you lend a helping hand to those in need? Please share in the comments below.
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