#BagItForward and help kids in your community have a great school year with new school supplies

by on August 8, 2012 in Store Deals & News

School is starting soon in the Wabash Valley and everyone is out buying school supplies and getting ready. Unfortunately though, not every family can provide the items needed to help their student get ready for school.

Champions for Kids has another great SIMPLE Service Project this month, and the timing couldn’t be any better! I am super excited to be participating in another Champions for Kids project, and I took my son and daughter to Walmart this week to pick up our items to donate.

Click here to see the Google+ Album of our Bag It Forward shopping trip!

The kids always love going shopping, and I am trying hard to teach them that it is good to help others whenever you’re able. Sissy was very excited about being able to pick things out!

Elmer’s has partnered with Champions for Kids for this Bag It Forward event. They are encouraging communities to buy school supplies and donate them to schools, organizations and families in need. You can learn more here.

The prices on the supplies were pretty good, and Walmart has a price match guarantee, so if you have a competitor’s ad with a better price, bring it along and they will match it!

We found lots of glue with the main school supplies, but we also found larger packages of glue sticks for a better price in a side aisle. The main aisle had packs of 2 glue sticks for 50 cents, but the side aisle had 12 sticks for just under $4.00! Be sure to always check unit prices when shopping!

We chose to shop for individual school supplies, but if you don’t have time to hunt down single items, Champions for Kids has made it easy to donate by creating pre-packed supply bags. They have a variety of items and also a coupon book with over $35 in savings!

You can see all of the pictures from our trip, including everything we bought, in my Google+ album for this project.

One thing that I thought was interesting was that when I was checking out the cashier asked me if I was a teacher. My children are obviously not old enough for school and here I was with a pile of school supplies. I told her that I was shopping for donation, but clearly teachers do a lot of shopping for their own classrooms.

Here are a couple of startling statistics from the flier for the Bag It Forward project:

  • Teachers spend an average of $356 out-of-pocket on quality school supplies every single year. Many spend up to $1500 just to provide basic classroom necessities.
  • More than 31 million students from low-income families receive free or reduced-price school lunches. Their parents often find it challenging to buy project boards, scissors, paper and glue. It’s been proven that having quality supplies is important to building a child’s confidence and self-esteem which, in turn, supports educational accomplishments.

We’ll be taking our donations to Ryves Youth Center in the next week or so. They help so many low income children every year, and these supplies will be much appreciated. You can read more about the center in a post I did for a previous SIMPLE Service Project.

If you participate in a school supply drive, please let Champions for Kids know by reporting it here!

Also, if you’d like to connect with Elmer’s and Champions for Kids, they have active Twitter and Facebook communities. Visit them here:

Are you doing anything to help your community’s children get ready for school this year? I’d love to hear about it!

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, but the opinions and enthusiasm are all my own. 

#BagItForward #Champions4Kids #CBias #SocialFabric


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