If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, its our teachers. I’ve always wished that I was the type of person who could be a teacher, but I lack the necessary patience and sometimes I feel like I’m not the greatest at teaching things– two very important skills if you’re going to go to school to become a teacher! Ever since Alea started preschool and even when she was in daycare, I’ve always volunteered to bring things that they may need in the classroom because I know full well that teachers dip into their own pockets if they need to to buy crayons or other things that’s needed in the classroom.
And I just don’t think that’s right for us to sit back and let them do that time and time again.
Alea and I went school supply shopping just the other day and I grabbed a second or a third of a few things on the school supply list just in case. No just in case for ourselves to have on hand around the house, but to give to her teacher so she has a “just in case” stash on hand for when crayons get broken and when markers start to dry up.
Here are a few more ways you can help your child’s teacher/school:
1. Buy Products with Box Tops: Buy all the Kimberly Clark products you can (including Kleenex and Viva paper towels as shown in this post) and keep on eye on your cereal boxes and other products as well. You’ll be surprised by how many Box Tops you can collect by just looking in your cupboards! Follow THIS LINK to see how you can earn double the Box Tops for your child’s school!
2. Volunteer to Help: I don’t know how teachers wrangle 20-something kids. I just don’t understand how they can do that day in and day out. If I didn’t work full-time during the daytime hours, I would absolutely lend a hand in Alea’s class. If you have the luxury to do so, I highly encourage it! Your child’s teacher would be so grateful, too!
3. Stock Up on School Supplies: Teachers will always need school supplies and you’ll likely need some extras around the house, too. Grab a few extras when you’re out school shopping or wait until they go on sale and really stock-up!
4. Ask How You Can Help: Sometimes teachers need help in ways that we aren’t able to see as parents. Send your child’s teacher an e-mail or ask her next time at drop-off what you can do to help around the classroom or if they have any projects coming up they need supplies for. They’ll appreciate your initiative and your helping hand.
It’s our duty as parents to take an active roll in our children’s education. And that doesn’t just mean that we sit down with them at night and help them with their homework or try and help them out in subjects they struggle in. It also means that we dip into our own pockets a bit and help purchase a few extra school supplies for the classroom, volunteer our time if we don’t have the extra money to give, and remember to clip and save Box Tops for our schools. It may seem like only 10 cents, but it all adds up and our schools could use and they deserve every little bit of help they can get!
They’re educating our children and generations to come after all!
To sweeten the deal and this not-so-typical season of giving, I’d like to offer one of you the chance to win a $25 gift card to Walmart! With this gift card you can purchase some supplies that your child’s teacher many need for school and/or products with double the Box Tops to help out your child’s school even more!
How do you help your child’s teacher?