This post is sponsored by Purell, Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Alea starts preschool in September.
And saying those 5 words doesn’t make it feel anymore real to me. I can hardly believe that my little four year old girl is going to be starting school in just a few short weeks. Unbelievable is one way to describe it, I suppose. I was digging through her preschool information the other day and I stumbled upon a school supply list that brought tears to my eyes. I remember being so excited and overjoyed to head out to the store to go school supply shopping with my mom. The aisles and aisles of new notebooks, pens, pencils, and the fresh start of a brand new school year just made me so excited.
And now I get to relive all those same moments and feelings and excitement through and with Alea. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that makes me!
Along with Alea’s school supply list was a little wish list written up by her preschool teacher. Nothing much, just a few things that they would need for crafts and to share as a class. It got me thinking though. Teachers spend a lot of money on their class. They spend their own hard-earned money on decorating their classroom, buying school supplies, you name it.
They will rarely ask for any help aside from the school supplies your children need. I immediately started to dream up a basket of sorts with a compilation of school supplies, craft supplies and the things that she had put on her “wish list” for extras that she needed for the classroom.
I wanted more than ever to make this school year go a little smoother for Alea’s teacher. Any preschool teacher who has the patience to take care of an entire room of Alea’s is a saint, if you ask me! So, I got a couple friends and family members together and compiled some extra supplies.
Have you thought of gathering school supplies for your child’s teacher or maybe a HeadStart program? Here’s a few ideas for you and a few of the things that we decided to include.
What to Include:
00. Cotton balls
00. Dry-Erase markers
00. Glue sticks
00. Construction paper
00. Foam shapes and letters
I took Alea with me when we went shopping for our supplies to donate to her classroom and I loved teaching her the importance of giving to others. And I love more than ever that we’re able to give to others. She loved picking out the different supplies and putting them together in a fun little basket for her future teacher. She’ll be going to preschool at her daycare, so she had so much fun bringing these supplies into daycare, as well. She looked so proud! I hope this is only the beginning of her giving spirit and she continues to want to give to others throughout her life!
It was a no-brainer that we’d also include PURELL products. Being a nurse, I know all about the germs and microorganisms that can be carried and transferred from child to child at school and at daycare. I would be lying if I said it didn’t freak me out a little bit. But that’s where PURELL products come into play! I wouldn’t be my nurse, germafobe self I didn’t also donate a couple bottles of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, too. Anything to help reduce my child’s chance of getting sick every other week during the school year!
PURELL is teaming up with Champions for Kids and Walmart with the PURELL® Lend a Hand Program to make sure that all children have the school supplies they need for school this year. All you have to do is share your giving story with them here and show them how you helped make a difference!
How will you be giving back this school year?