Help students in need get ready for school: School supply boxes

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Each school year, students and their caregivers prepare for the start of school by buying lots of supplies. These supplies can end up costing lots of money. For families struggling with money, it may not be possible to afford the needed supplies. This could leave the students unprepared to start school and learn.

It's Back to School time! Pencils...glue sticks...erasers...scissors...crayons... Collect some supplies and help a friend start the year with a smile!

Project:
Collect school supplies and make school boxes for kids

Here's what you need:

  • Plastic school supply boxes
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks

Here's what you're doing:
You will be collecting all kinds of new school supplies and putting them into school boxes. You will then be bringing the school boxes to a place that can give them to kids who don't have supplies for school.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Ask your caregiver, "Where can kids go to get things for school if they can't buy them?"
  2. Call local shelters and community centers. Ask: "I'd like to start helping kids who need help getting ready for school. Can I collect school supplies and deliver them to your group?"
  3. Call school supply stores and tell them about your project. Ask "Can you donate some supplies for the project?"
  4. Go with your caregiver to the stores to pick up the school supplies.
  5. Fill the school boxes with all the new school supplies.
  6. Go with your caregiver and deliver the school boxes to the collection group.

Reflection Questions:

How do you think the students will feel when they get their new supplies for school?

Do you think you would want to do this project again during the year?

Interesting Fact:
According to the National Retail Federation, a caregiver will spend on average $81.83 on school supplies the month before school starts.

About the Co-Author:

Clay Mcmullen

Clay McMullen is a PARADE All-American Service Team member. He is the Creator of Wetlands Education Team (WET) and the Salamander Education & Environmental Discovery Project (SEED).

Disclaimer: I promise to get my parent or caregiver's permission to participate in this project.

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