As many of you parents know, a lot of your kids’ excitement about the new school year comes with getting new shoes, new clothes and new backpacks rather than the actually education. And after a summer full of outdoor fun, chances are that they will definitely be in need of some replacement clothing.
Unfortunately, there are some children who aren’t able to take part in that same excitement. As summer comes to a close, the reality of starting a new school year without fun new things may put a damper on their excitement. Not only is the excitement absent because they aren’t able to get new, shiny things, but some students actually struggle scholastically because they can’t get the necessities for learning — necessities like pencils, paper, folders, calculators or even a bag to hold all of their things.
Because of this, many teachers have to carry the load themselves and purchase school supplies for their students with their own money. Teachers want nothing more than their students to be successful in life, so they would much rather spend their own money for the sake of their students’ success than have some of their students not being able to learn and reach their full educational potential.
This is where you step in.
We’ve all heard the African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child,” but what does it actually mean? Does it mean that it takes a village to teach children how to behave, how to work or how to take care of themselves? Sure it does. But it could also mean that these same children need our help as they move through their education.
Let’s be the help that these children need. When you head to the store to pick up a pack of pencils for your child, maybe you could pick up a second one as well, or maybe you can buy a couple extra notebooks for a student that won’t have anything to write on. We can all help out by pitching in and donating some much-needed school supplies.
Here is a list of some of the most-needed supplies to ensure that each student can have the best chance possible to be successful:
- Pens (variety of colors)
- Colored pencils
- Pencil sharpener (Preferably one that catches the shavings)
- Pencil case
- Spiral-bound notebooks (College ruled)
- Loose-leaf notebook paper (College ruled)
- Pocket folders
- Three-ring binders
- Scotch tape
- Mini stapler and staples
- Scientific calculator
- Glue sticks
- Flash drive (2 GB of memory should be sufficient)
If your school isn’t already holding a drive for school supplies, you can check out organizations like Kids in Need Foundations or American Graduate, where you can find ways to donate to your local schools. There is a need everywhere, and every organization will be glad to accept anything that you are able to donate.
Here at Cheddar’s, we understand the need for a good education. It’s in those formative years that children begin to learn about themselves and about the world, so let’s all do what we can to help as many as possible have the best educational experience.