Giving back is incredibly important to our family and this week I got the chance to do something meaningful for Kayla’s school and put a smile on the face of one of the hard working teachers there in the process.
I also got to shop for school supplies to donate to the school through the Bag It Forward program. Sometimes I forget just how lucky our family is that all of our needs and many of our wants are taken care of. This was a good reminder that there are SO many families across the country that truly can’t afford the basic necessities for back to school and so many teachers that reach deep into their own pockets to make up the difference.
Bag It Forward is a movement to help solve this exact problem by working together as a community to donate quality school supplies and help send kids back to school with what they need to succeed. This is a wonderful, teachable and easy way to instill a love of giving from an early age, so I encourage you and your kids to join in and help Bag It Forward by picking up a few supplies to donate on your next shopping trip.
Short on time or resources? Elmer’s has made it insanely easy to join in and help donate school supplies. You can download their 1st Day app on your smartphone and upload a picture of your child heading off to school. For every picture uploaded, Elmer’s will donate supplies to the Kids In Need Foundation. How neat and easy is that?
My goal was to get the most out of every dollar I had and to embrace reducing, reusing and recycling so first I figured out what we had at home that I could up-cycle and put that money towards the actual supplies and not creating my box or donation bag.
I found this old bucket that held some holiday trinkets last year and figured I could turn it into something cute to coordinate with my monster. I also used some old cardboard boxes from all the packages that Mommy Testers receives each week to craft the monster.
I headed off to Walmart to shop for my supplies because everyone knows that Walmart has “I don’t know how they do it” low prices. I was able to get a bunch of quality school supplies on the cheap. These bottles of glue were only $.50 each. I even saw notebooks for $.17 each- honestly I really didn’t think you could buy anything for $.17 these days….mind blown!
I grabbed some adorable animal scissors, Elmer’s School Glue, Crayola crayons and markers, reward stickers and our house favorite- disappearing purple glue sticks which go on purple so kids can see where they have put the glue and then dry clear…genius! You can see all the photos from my shopping trip right here: Elmer’s Glue Crew Shopping Trip
I made the face of the monster and the body of the box from some cardboard boxes I had put in the garage to get recycled. I also used some construction paper to cover the cardboard and make it colorful, Elmer’s School Glue, an X-Acto knife to cut out the monster, pipe cleaners for a little tuft of hair, a black marker and some bamboo skewers we had in the kitchen for little flag poles.
I also decided to make some printables for the teacher to use as coloring sheets and as a way to bring up the topic of recycling with such a young crowd. This was the super easy part because there are a ton of pre-made printables available on the Glue Crew site to create a recycling box with right here: Glue Crew Templates
After school, Kayla wanted to do some “glue art” so I let her go to work with my scraps from the monster and bucket. She told me she was making a monster just for me which melted my heart, so it goes to show that it pays to Bag It Forward!
Want to keep up with what’s happening in the world of #BagItForward? You can see more great pictures of charitable creations and some great recyling boxes on Pinterest and you can check out Elmer’s on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Just so you know, 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 and Elmer’s. #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric As always, everything you see is my personal (and quite picky) opinion and I was honored to be a part of this charitable event!