My daughter started kindergarten this year, and I’ll be the first to tell you that you’ll be asked to send lots of stuff to school beyond basic school supplies and lunch.
Schools everywhere, no matter their neighborhood, are under tight budgets. I’ve yet to meet a teacher or administrator who says that that they can’t use more funding or supplies!
You can help out by saving a few things before school even starts.
- Box Tops for Education. These are little rectangles on many, many packages, from cereal to storage bags. Make it a habit to check packages before you toss or recycle them. My daughter loves to help cut them out. We simply keep ours in an envelope in the kitchen, and they are ready to go to school during the Box Tops drive.
- Bottle caps from Coca-cola products. I’m not a big soda drinker, so we don’t have very many of these to personally contribute. I do, however, know plenty of people (like grandparents) who drink lots of Coca-cola products. Saving the ones with codes can add up to big bucks for your favorite school. I learned that my daughter’s school raised over $1000 last year just from these codes!
- Toilet paper and paper towel rolls. This one isn’t so glamorous, but if you have young children (or if they are in another organization like Boy or Girl Scouts), these items become in-demand for craft and S.T.E.M. projects. I simply toss empty tubes in a paper bag under my bathroom sink, and when it is about half-full, I bring them to school.