Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday #30- Create A Back-To-School Backpack!

Make Today Matter...

  • 28 millions children from low-income families enter school each fall.
  • Children need school supplies to do their schoolwork and homework.
  • Required school supplies cost between $20 and $100, depending on the grade level. This expense can be a financial burden for low-income families, especially those with more than one child.
  • Having new and proper school supplies increases a child's confidence, self-esteem, and excitement about school.
  • Children who feel good about themselves and their abilities are much more likely to do well in school--and in life.
It's more than just pencils and paper.

Take action today!
  1. Select a family in your neighborhood or workplace who is in financial need and has school-aged children. Or call a local elementary school, soup kitchen, or church to find a family.
  2. Get your friends, co-workers, and family members involved so you can buy in bulk. It's more cost-effective, and more kids can benefit.
  3. Select a backpack and school supplies that are fun and gender specific.
  4. Go to the Web site of the child's school to see if a list of supplies for each grade level is posted.
  5. If nothing is listed on the school's Web site, here are some items you could include:
- 1 school backpack
- 6 #2 pencils
- 6 medium ballpoint pens
- 1 package of colored pencils
- 1 package of markers
- 1 barrel pencil sharpener
- 1 pencil box or bag
- 2-pocket paper folders
- 2 wide-ruled spiral notebooks
- 1 package of notebook paper
- 1 12" ruler
- Calculator

You matter!
Both a child's performance in school and self-esteem can impact their entire life, as well as the community in which they grow up. Help make going back to school a positive experience by purchasing and stocking a backpack for a child.

Not only are you eliminating a challenge for a low-income family, you are enabling a young student to start the school year on a more level playing field.

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

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