Do you know how many kids in the world don't get new shoes for school? Or a new back pack, or pencils? What about just in your state? How about your town? What about just in your child's classroom?
Every year, thousands of kids go back to school without being able to bring the necessities with them, because not all parents can afford even a pack of pencils.
Right now, stores all over are offering great sales on items that every classroom uses, from packs of pencils for $.99 to notebooks for $.15, and glue sticks for a quarter. This year, when you are shopping for new school supplies, consider picking up a few extra items to send into the classroom.
You can also ask your school about donating old back packs- Every year, I see dozens of kids who tote their items back and forth in plastic grocery bags, while many families buy new back packs every year.
Tonight, Sarah over at Sarah's Deals tagged me in a post about back to school shopping, and helping Elmer's raise money for classroom supplies with the Bag It Forward Program! The details on the program can be found here!
Want to know what else you can do? If you are a blogger or on Facebook, you an Bag It Forward virtually! Elmer's is making a donation, but they are asking us to help.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN? It’s easy.
ELMER’S VIRTUAL BAG IT FORWARD RULES
Copy and paste these rules into your blog post or Facebook note.
Create a post giving a “virtual bag of school supplies” to other bloggers or write about your Back to School shopping trip at Walmart.
Link back to the person who gave you a bag of school supplies.
Let each person you are giving a virtual bag of school supplies know you have given them a bag.
Leave your link in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward comment section. You can also find the official rules of this virtual #bagitforward program there.
Elmer’s is donating $10 for each blog participating in the Virtual Bag It Forward Donation to Adopt-A-Classroom (up to total of $10,000 for blog posts written by August 12, 2010).
Please note that only one blog post per blog url will count towards the donation.
My vitual bag is going to J at Frugality is Free. Hopefully she will pick it up and go! If anyone else would like to start one, there's still time! Just go to Bag It Forward, copy the rules, and you're off and running!
All blogs participating need to leave a direct link to their post on the Bag it Forward website!!